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NA calls for talks with US for halt of drone attacks Strikes against Pakistan’s dignity, sovereignty I S L A M A B A D —Lawmakers only way forward to deal with should hold dialogue with the

Tremors felt in parts of Punjab SALIM AHMED LAHORE—An earthquake was felt in Lahore, Kasur, Nankana Sahib and different cities of Pun-jab on Thursday evening. While the Meteorological de-partment is yet to determine epi-center of the earthquake, it noted that the temblor measured of five on the Richter scale. Earlier on October 19, Tremors were felt in areas of Swat and Malakand division in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. No damage to life or property was reported. Last month a massive earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter devastated Awaran and Mashkey districts in Balochistan.

Wednesday calling for dialogue with US for halt of drone attacks said such attacks are totally unacceptable as they amount to disregard of our dignity & sovereignty. The National Assembly resumed its session in here with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair. They also pointed out that several world organizations including Amnesty International have condemned the US drone attacks and government should raise this issue with the US leadership to get the attacks halted. Initiating the debate, Qaisar Ahmad Shaikh said there is ISLAMAB AD: Opposition leader Aitzaz Ahsan addressing protest session of Opposition parties in the Senate, outside complete consensus among all Parliament House on Wednesday.—INP photo the political parties that the drone attacks are proving counterproductive in the war against terrorism and the dialogue is the

Treasury, Opposition hold separate Senate sessions

ISLAMABAD —In an unprec- plete. He criticized the way the the government has violated all

edented development in the par- government conducted sessions parliamentary traditions and liamentary history of the coun- in the parliament and said that norms. He said that parliamentary traditions were being viotry, the treasury and the opposilated in the Parliament House tion held separate but simultawhile it has been made hostage. neous sessions of the Senate in Rabbani said that opposition the premises of the Parliament does not seek apology from House on Wednesday. Chaudhry Nisar, rather, he has Opposition parties in the been asked to retract his reply. Senate held a protest session in Raza Rabbani further stated that the lawn of the Parliament House against wrong figures of ISLAMABAD—Interior Min- Ch Nisar tried to justify the US drone strikes. deaths in drone attacks given by Opposition leader in the Interior Minister Chaudhry ister Chaudhry Nisar during Nisar Ali Khan in the Senate. his National Assembly ad- Senate Aitzaz Ahsan said durThe opposition has been de- dress on Wednesday said he ing the open air session this sesmanding the Interior Minister to did not provide incorrect fig- sion was being held to discussed withdraw his figures and tender ures regarding casualties in people’s problems. He claimed that more than half of the Paran apology for misguiding the various terrorism activities. “The figures were pro- liament was attending the outPARIS—Palestinian leader parliament. vided by the Khyber door session, while the governSpeaking at the session, PPP Yasser Arafat was poisoned to Pakhtunkhwa government death in 2004 with radioactive Senator Raza Rabbani said that and had been rechecked,” the ment was struggling for quorum. He said the government was 32 members are present in the polonium, his widow Suha running a fake Senate session Continued on Page 7 session held under open sky and said on Wednes-day after therefore the quorum is comreceiving the Continued on Page 7 results of Swiss forensic tests on her hus-band’s corpse. “We are revealing a real crime, a ISLAMABAD—Chief Justice of unit will come tomorrow. Plants political Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar are losing their potential then assassination,” she told Reuters Muhammad Chaudhry has re- their privatization will remain in Paris, after receiving a report marked providing relief and better. Gas is being provided on from the Lausanne Univer-sity concession in electricity bills to subsidized rates to those who are STAFF REPORTER Hospital’s Institute of Radiathe citizens is responsibility of selling fertilizers at higher rates. tion Physics on samples taken from Arafat’s grave in the West I SLAMABAD —The Election welfare state but government is What need is left for NEPRA if Commission of Pakistan (ECP) not discharging its obligations. tariff is to be determined by govBank city of Ramallah, when the mausoleum was opened last has issued the schedule for Lo- A 3-memebr Supreme Court ernment instead of NEPRA. cal Bodies (LB) polls in Sindh (SC) bench headed by the CJP How NEPRA will monitor the No-vember. Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry matters if it takes dictation. GovThe Swiss scientists found and Punjab. During a meeting chaired by took up the load shedding suo ernment is earning disrepute on a le-thal level of polonium-210 in his body. That confirmed the Acting Chief Election Commis- motu case for hearing Wednes- political front. Government will have to take difficult decision. find-ings of an investigation by sioner Justice Tassaduq Jilani it day. Tariff amounting to Rs 100 bilCJ further remarked “ those was decided that LB elections the Qatar-based channel last year that detected traces of the in Sindh will be held on Novem- who are using electricity free of lion has been worked out for the ber 27 and in Punjab on Decem- cost through kunda system are people now too. isotope on Arafat’s personal Justice Jawwad S Khawaja benefiting and all the problems ber 07. effects.—Reuters In both provinces, nomina- are meant for those who pay the has remarked if NEPRA tariff is tion papers will be submitted on bills honestly. If NEPRA does implemented, it will be tanta11 and 12 November. The not enhance the potential of mount to drop atomic bomb on nomination papers will be scru- companies then the loss will the people. Welfare of the tinized from 16-18 November continue to rise. Today masses is the aim of government and can be withdrawn by No- Muzaffargarh unit is becoming and not dropping electricity redundant and turn of Guddu Continued on Page 7 vember 24.

Nisar denies providing wrong figures

Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death with radioactive polonium: Widow

ECP issues LB poll schedule for Sindh, Punjab

Govt not discharging its obligations: CJP

Pakistan beaten by South Africa in 3rd ODI

ABU DHABI—Pakistan was defeated by South Africa in third One-day International to give the Proteas 2-1 lead in the five match series here at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Wednesday. Chasing a modest total of 260, Pakistan openers Ahmed Shahzad and Mohammad Hafeez provided a fine start of 50 but later other batsmen could not resist the accurate bowling by spinner Imran Tahir and pacers Morne Morkel and Dayle Styen, and were all out for 191 in 44.3 overs, losing the match by 68 runs.

Nato tanker torched in Khuzdar, driver killed

Q UETTA —Armed militants torched a tanker carrying fuel for US and Nato troops in Afghanistan and killed its driver in Balochistan’s troubled Khuzdar district on Wednesday. Muhammad Riaz, a police official, said armed militants on motorcycles opened fire at the tanker in Baghbana area of Khuzdar, killing one and injuring another two persons. “The driver was killed on the spot,” he said. After the firing, the militants then came close and set the tanker on fire before speeding away on their motorcycles, he said. Levies and police personnel reached the spot as the investigation went underway. There Continued on Page 7

PM reviews youth program STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that youth of Pakistan are its greatest strength and the present Government will ensure that youth is gainfully employed and helped in all respects. He said this while chairing a meeting to review the Prime Minister’s Youth Program, here in Islamabad today. The meeting was also attended by Finance Minister Mr. Ishaq Dar, Minister Infor-mation Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Minister of State for Information Technology Mrs. Anusha Rehman, Special Assistant to PM Dr. Musadaq Malik, Secretary Finance Dr. Waqar Masood Khan and senior officers of the PM Office. The Prime Minister was

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Rental Power scam

NAB moves reference against ex-PM Raja Ashraf ISLAMABAD —The National the legal branch of the bureau minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf Preliminary reference was alAccountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday moved the supplementary reference against former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in the accountability court for his involvement in multi-billion scam of Rental Power Projects (RPPs). NAB Rawalpindi had sent a supplementary reference to the NAB headquarters Islamabad that was lying with

and after giving final touches to supplementary reference it finnaly filed in the accountability court on We d n e s d a y against former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. The decision of filing the reference against former prime

was taken last week in a first meeting of the NAB Executive Board. The meeting was chaired by newly appointed NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry. After Wednesday development, total numbers of accused in scam reached to 10 whom supplementary references have been filed in the accountability court. The accountability court would hear the case Nov. 19.

ready filed against nine other accused for alleged misuse of authority in violation of rules while awarding unsolicited RPP at Naudero-II and shifting of equipment from one project to another thus causing huge loss to national exchequer. In Naudero-II RPPs case, nine accused persons against whom preliminary reference

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this issue. He said the government should hold dialogue with the American leadership and convince them that the drone attacks are not serving the purpose rather fuelling the terrorism. He said the timing of the recent drone attack was not right at we were poised to begin negotiations with the Taliban. He said our government has fully registered protest with the US on the drone attack but said that we are not in a position to confront the US keeping in view our economic and internal situation. He also opposed the suspension of NATO’s supplies saying the decision in this regard should be taken keeping in view its pros and cons. Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan said the government

US to get drone attacks halted. He said peace should remain our priority and the government should continue efforts to start negotiations with the Taliban. Shahida Rehmani maintained that drone attacks are in violation of our territorial integrity and sovereignty. She said the government should give an in-camera briefing to parliamentarians about the outcome of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s meeting with the US leadership. She said the government should not hold dialogue with those elements who do not accept our constitution and law. Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah said the government and the Taliban should take confidence building measures for start of negotiations. He said

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Musharraf released from sub-jail STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Adiala Jail authorities have formally released former President General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf from his subjail. He was imprisoned in his Chak Shehzad farmhouse near Islamabad which was declared sub-jail. The authorities finalised arrangements for the release of the country’s former president after receiving court orders following his bail plea was approved. Earlier, former President Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday submitted two surety bonds

of Rs100,000, two days after a court granted his bail in the murder case of Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Rasheed Ghazi. Following the submission of surety, an additional sessions judge issued a written order of Musharraf’s release in the murder case. Islamabad additional district and sessions judge Wajid Ali accepted the post-arrest bail application of Musharraf on two surety bonds of Rs100,000 each in the fourth case which the former military dictator has been facing after his return to Pakistan in March this year. Speaking to media represen-

tatives, Musharaf’s lawyer Ilyas Siddiqui said the former army strongman would approach the Sindh High Court over the inclusion of his name in the exit control list (ECL). Siddiqui was speaking to reporters outside Musharraf’s farmhouse residence after submitting the surety for his bail in the Rasheed Ghazi murder case. The counsel said Musharraf was now “a free man” and that he had been granted bail in all four cases. Despite the bail, the farmer president is likely to remain under heavy guard at his villa on

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Khattak confident of winning LG polls STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWA R —The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has called upon the PTI workers to shun their petty differences and prepare themselves for the coming LG elections as, he said, they belong to a party that was working for the great cause of reforming the social sectors and bringing about pleasant changes in the socio-economic life of the masses. He was talking to a 30member delegation of PTI Lakki Marwat that called on him at CM Sectt Peshawar. The delegation was led by Zarin Zia, MPA and Chairperson DDAC Lakki Marwat

while Provincial Health Minister and Provincial General Secretary PTI Shaukat Yousafzai and Minister Information Shah Farman Khan were also present on this occasion. Members of the delegation apprised the Chief Minister of the problems and difficulties faced by the people of their respective areas. Pervez Khattak said that PTI workers had to endeavour for realizing the vision of Party Chief Imran Khan and thus to support the provincial govt to complete the agenda of change. He hoped that with active support of the workers and masses, the present govt would succeed in changing the system and

cherishing the long stand- and nepotism could be ing dream of reforming the wiped out from the society particularly from the govt machinery. He said that the provincial government has adopted the policy of non interference in any department with the condition of showing performance while those officials not coming to the expectations of the public and failed to deliver, would be punished accordingly. He said that lion share of the provincial resources and powers were being devolved to local govt bodies service delivery system in and hence there would be the province so that the abundant funds for develpeople specially the poor opmental schemes in every could be provided relief and village, town and city in all the menaces of corruption over the province. Similarly,

he said that timely and quality completion of developmental schemes would also be ensured in future. He said that the LG system introduced by the present PTI led coalition govt would bring about revolution in the province that would be exemplary for all the country. He expressed the confidence that PTI workers would field clean people in the LG elections to win and serve the masses in befitting manner. Similarly, they would not support any wrong but would work for justice done to all that was the goal of PTI to achieve, he concluded.

Secretary Transport inspects under construction bridges and Monitoring Officer for development schemes Khalid Khan Wednesday paid a surprise visits to the under construction Mingora and Kangu bridges and directed the concerned officials to open the bridges for traffic by Nov 25. The officials of KP Highway Authority assured Secretary Transport that Mingora bridge would be opened for traffic on Nov 25 while Kanju bridge would take three months more to complete. The Mingora bridge was swept away in the 2010 flash floods. Deputy Commissioner Syed Imtiaz Hussain briefed the Secretary about the uplifts schemes underway in Swat district.—APP

PESHAWAR—Provincial Minister for Industries and Labour Bakht Baidar Wednesday said that provincial government is encouraging investors to invest in industrial sector for prosperity of the province and to provide employment opportunities to youth. Addressing workers of Kohat Cement Factory, he said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government desires to see investment in the province and taking pragmatic measures to support and encourage investors. He asked administration of Kohat Cement to resolve the issues of its employees and workers, especially of contract employees and also ensure medical facilities and overtime issues which are their basic rights. He directed Director Labour to hold meeting with factory workers and administration and resolve their issue amicably within ten days. The management of Kohat factory while appreciating the resolve of provincial government desires to expand investment in the province.—APP

Muharram security plan for Balochistan unveiled Q UETTA —The Home Department has unveiled security plan for Moharram-ulHaram in Balochistan, here on Wednesday, Addressing a press conference, Home Secretary Asad Gilani along with Commissioner Quetta, Usman Gul and Regional Police Officer Quetta, Arif Nawaz said that they have finalized the security plan to maintain law and order during activities related to Moharram-ul-Haram in the province. “Personnel of Frontier Corps, Police, Levies, and Balochistan Constabulary would be deployed on all important roads, streets and nook and corners of the cit-

S WAT —Secretary Transport

KP Govt encouraging investment in industrial sector

CHINIOT: Ahle Sunnat-ul-Jamaat, President Chaudhary Saeed Ahmad leading a rally on the occasion of death anniversary of Hazrat Umer Farooq (RA) from Masjid Saddiq Akbar.

ies where Muharram-ulHaram related public gatherings and processions would take place while Army would also remain on high alert,” he said. He said that four districts of the province were declared high sensitive including Quetta, Mach, Jaffarabad and Khuzdar and four others as sensitive among them Nasirabad, Jhal Magsi, Zhob and Lasbela. He said that a control room of FC, Police and Levies has been set up at the Home Department while a joint office of intelligence agencies has also been set up for sharing of information related to Muharram. He said that entry of 69 speakers into

Quetta have been banned. Usman Gul was thankful to Commander Southern Command for extending cooperation to the provincial government in this regard. Commissioner Quetta further said that a pool of 40 ambulances including the official and Eidhi Ambulance Service and 10 fire brigade vehicles would remain standby to deal with any emergency situation. RPO Quetta, Arif Nawaz said that 28 security cameras have been installed on the routes of the processions and that shops and markets on these routes would be closed on the occasion of processions.—APP

People of Chitral deprived of clean drinking water QUETTA: Speaker Balochistan Assembly Jan Mohammad Jamali addressing closing ceremony of police training.

Two NA standing bodies elect chairmen I SLAMABAD —The meetings of the National Assembly Standing Committees on Kashmir Affairs & GilgitBaltistan and Law, Justice and Human Rights held separately in Parliament House, Islamabad Wednesday for election of their Chairperson. MNAs Malik Ibrar Ahmed and Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk have been unanimously elected the Chairmen of Standing Committees on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan and Law, Justice and Human Rights, respectively. Special Secretary (Admin), National Assembly Syed Munawar Abbas conducted the election of the Chairmen. While felicitating the newly elected Chairmen of the Standing Committees on behalf of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker and Murtaza Javed Abbasi Deputy Speaker, National Assembly the Special Secretary as-

sured the new elected Chairperson, National Assembly Secretariat’s full cooperation for smooth functioning of the Standing Committees. The newly elected Chairmen thanked the members of the committees for reposing confidence and trust in them by electing them Chairmen Standing Committees and assured them of making all out efforts to come up to their expectations and to make the

proceedings of the Committees meetings result oriented with their cooperation and guidance. The members of the Standing Committees have also felicitated the elected Chairmen and assured their full cooperation. Chief Whip PLM (N) and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab Ahmad was also present during the meetings of Standing Committees.—INP

Shutdown notice FAISALABAD—The Faisalabad Rakh Electric Supply Company (Fesco) has issued a shutdown notice for repair, maintenance and expansion of electricity lines. According to the notice issued here on Wednesday, power supply from Ashiyana Mill feeder emanating from 66-KV Ashiyana grid station will remain suspended from 10am to 2pm while Fazil,

Khasoor, Hetto, Jandanwala feeders originating from 66-KV Fazil grid station, Kundian, Wapda Colony and Khangah Sirajia feeders emanating from 66-KV Chashma grid station will observe shutdown from 9am to 12 noon on Thursday (Nov 7). Similarly, electricity supply from Shehbaz Garments feeder originating from 132KV Bandala grid station will remain suspended from 12 noon to 6pm.—APP

DCC decides to setup clusters for enhancing efficacy of NGOs

OUR CORRESPONDENT CHITRAL—People of Chitral are deprived of clean drinking water despite abundance of springs in the valley as water supply lines were not laid in most of the areas. According to details, dwellers of several areas of Chitral are forced to drink polluted water or to fetch water from far flung areas despite availability of dozens of natural

springs across the district. Most of the population has no water supply system and they collect water directly from springs in nearby localities while some people having resources have laid personal supply lines from spring to their homes. But mainly the population is poor and they are not in a position to lay water supply lines at their own. Though during Pakistan

People’s Party (PPP) government, project of laying 26.5km pipe line for supplying cleaning drinking water was started but despite passage of years it has not been completed due to negligence of authorities concerned and contractor. The local population has demanded the provincial government and district administration for completing the water supply project as soon as possible.

F AISALABAD —The District Coordination Council (DCC) of NGOs has decided to setup clusters and arrange training workshops for enhancing the efficacy and capacity-building of local NGOs. The DCC meeting was chaired by Maj (Retd) Shah Nawaz-ul-Hassan at Pasban Welfare Society Younus Town here on Wednesday. Wahida Iftikhar Senior DO Social Welfare, Muhammad Rafique of Al-Badar Welfare Society, Madam Sofia, Chaudhary Nadeem, Muhammad Islam and Farooq Butt attended the meeting. The meeting evaluated the working of different NGOs working in Social Welfare Sector and the Chairman of the Council exhorted the need for keeping a constant liaison between all the NGOs and take benefit from their achievements. They said that training programmes of these organizations should be expanded and training programmes be initiated at tehsil level. Before the end of meeting, the par- DI KHAN: Supporters of Jamaat-ud-Dawa set on fire US flag during a protest against ticipants.—APP drone strikes.

Govt plans seven projects for uplift of social welfare

FAISALABAD: Traders of Katcheri Bazaar burning tyres during a demonstration against the local police.

P ESHAWA R —The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has planned seven gigantic projects for uplift of social welfare sector with special focus on construction of rehabilitation centres for drug addicts, welfare and education complexes to bring the marginalized and deprived communities into national mainstream of life. In order to provide better medical treatment to drugs addicts in a congenial atmosphere, the government has planned construction of Drug Addicts Rehabilitation Centre and Darul Kafala in Peshawar that would be completed with an estimated cost of Rs.58.500

million. Official sources in Civil Secretariat told APP that 20 million would be spent on this project in current fiscal year. He said drug addiction was a social issue that could be addressed with support of family, creating employment opportunities and regular treatment to the addicts. Construction of social welfare complex in Bannu is another new project that would be completed in two years, he said, adding total cost of the project is Rs.45million against which Rs.35 million were allocated for current fiscal year. In addition to rehabilitation ser-

vices, focus would be made on treatment and recreational facilities to drug addicts in the Centre. For a good transportation facilities, he said, an access road from main road to social welfare complex at Chakdara Lower Dir would be constructed with an estimated cost of Rs 6 million. In addition to construction of building for special education institutes at Haripur costing Rs 42 million and construction of boundary wall around social welfare complex Abbottabad costing Rs 3 million, he said, efforts would be made for purchase of land for establishment of Special Educa-

tion School with special children teacher training school Swat, Malakand division. These projects were reflected in the Annual Development Programme 2013-14 after extensive consultation with all the stakeholders. He said these projects would be completed with an estimated cost of Rs.209.500 million against which Rs.78 million would be spent in current fiscal year. He said work on establishment of 25 handicrafts centres in KP would continue for which ten million rupees would be spent in current fiscal year, adding efforts would be made to complete the ongoing projects including es-

tablishment of halfway house for women at Peshawar, setting up of Darul Aman at Swabi and working of women hostel at Hayatabad Peshawar and establishment of vocational centres in KP on time. He said that we need to treat drug users as victims rather than criminals. To eliminate drug addiction from society, he said, awareness campaigns through mass media, essay contests, lectures and declamation contest in schools, colleges and universities should be run in order to create awareness about the ill effects of drug addiction.—APP

PML-N to field candidates for LG elections in every union council of Dir Lower

Musharraf release result of secret deal ISLAMABAD—National Assembly opposition leader Khursheed Shah while expressing his reaction over the release of former military dictator Pervez Musharraf said that it has been decided already under a secret deal. According to media reports, Khursheed Shah said that he had made it clear 20 days ago that Musharraf would be acquitted of all charges related to Bugti and Ghazi murder cases. He said Pervez Musharraf was granted bail under National Reconciliation Ordinance. He said that the government is following the same pattern of NRO for which PML-N and judiciary have been making hue and cry without any justification. He said that release of Musharraf was made possible by lingering on cases filed against him. It was just a tactic to weaken the cases including Bugti murder case, Ghazi murder case, Benazir murder case and Judges Detention Case.—Online

OUR CORRESPONDENT TIMERGARA—Pakistan Muslim League (N) would field its candidates for the upcoming local government elections in every union council of Dir Lower District, said Provincial Vice President of PML-N Youth Wing Farid Khan Yusafzai. Addressing the press programme he said that his party has decided to fully participate in the coming LG elections and as such it would put up candidates in every union council of the district. The PMLN would win the LG elections with thumping majority, he added.

Steps for improvement of health sector Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD—Government of Pakistan is taking all necessary steps improvement of Health sector in the country. This was stated by the Minister of State for Ministry of National Health Services, Regu- CHAMAN: Security official checks the people at the Pak-Afghan Friendship Gate. lations & Coordination Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar while talking to the Deputy head of Mission Mrs. Inge Durant of Denmark today. During the meeting Minister of State briefed Deputy head of Mission on the ongoing development projects in social sector and initiative of Government and Health sector the Government of Pakistan to extend the basic health facility to all the people of Pakistan. Thanked Deputy head of Mission of Denmark for cooperation. She said Pakistan will welcome Denmark assistance in the health sector. She furpects, including five Afghan Peshawar, following reSTAFF REPORTER ther said Pakistan in Denmark can work together and benefit nationals, were taken into ports of terrorists’ entry from experience of each other eliminating the fatal diseases. P ESHAWA R —At least 98 custody. A huge quantity of into the provincial capital The Ambassador also mentioned that Danish companies are known for being market leaders in health care solutions suspects, including five Af- arms was recovered from the city for targeting upcoming and health innovation. “Diabetes is an alarming health is- ghan nationals, were de- suspects’ possession during Muharram processions and sue in Pakistan. This is one of the areas in which Danish tained during joint search the raids, police said. In or- gatherings. Peshawar’s Capital City companies are particularly strong and have something to operations conducted by der to maintain peace and tranquility in the city during Police Officer Ijaz Ahmed police and security forces’ offer to the people of Pakistan. We already have some Danish companies working on providing healthcare solutions personnel in Peshawar on the month of Muharram, op- Khan told media that a joint in Pakistan, but we need more public-private partnerships Wednesday. According to erations would be carried out sting operation of police, media reports, operations on a regular basis, police Army and Frontier Corps had to increase the efforts of awareness. started in the city as there were carried out in civilian added. Earlier last month, police was ample information availareas of the city, namely PPP staging drama had stepped up combing able on terrorists seeking Gulberg and Nauthia. ISLAMABAD —Independent Member of During the raids, 98 sus- efforts on the outskirts of entry to conduct possible the National Assembly Jamshed Dasti has said that Asif Ali Zardari and Mian Nawaz Sharif have a secret understanding for not working against each other and Aitzaz Ahsan and the PPP Senators were only staging a drama outside the Parliament House. Talking to media persons here on Wednesday, Dasti, known for his frank and often critical remarks, said the APC was convened to bypass the Parliament and to befool the people. He said the rulers have sold themselves to the United States and the drone attacks were being carried out with the consent of the government. He said army was still ruling the country and if it so desires, it could target the drones. Dasti termed the local government elections as the biggest fraud of this century, pointing out that the rulers have ensured the delimitation of constituencies on the basis of their choice. Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah Wednesday appealed to Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to take steps for resolving the government-opposition standoff in order to end latter’s boycott of Senate session. Speaking on a point of order in the National Assembly, he pointed out that the opposition’s boycott had entered nineth day. In the National Assembly, a debate was going on and people were looking towards the Senate for its output and guidance for resolving the issues, he added. He said the controversy erupted in the last 97th session when the provincial government submitted a wrong HYDERABAD: Residents of Kotri hold a protest in favour of their demands. answer to a question about the number of killed in the terrorist incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.—INP

Five Afghan nationals among 98 suspects detained

S Asia needs bold voices like Malala I SLAMABAD —Fatima says the ‘bold and clear-minded’ voices should come from the interiors and not be the voices of city bred upper class people. Not just Pakistan, but the entire SubContinent, needs independent and bold voices like that of Malala Yousufzai, says Pakistani author Fatima Bhutto, niece of assassinated former premier Benazir Bhutto, Khaleej Times reported. Fatima, known as a fearless and frank voice herself, says the “bold and clearminded” voices should come from the interiors and not be the voices of city bred upper class people. Speaking to IANS on the eve to promote her debut fiction novel, ‘The Shadow of the Crescent Moon,’ published by Penguin, the 31-year-old member of Pakistan’s top political family said her “frankness” does make her vulnerable to anti-social elements, but she points out that Pakistan needs more “bold” voices to come to the forefront. “I think the nice thing with Malala is that she is a fresh new voice unlike other women we are used to seeing from our part of the country. The city voices are those who come from certain backgrounds and speak English because they went to international schools,” Fatima Bhutto said. “Malala’s voice is independent, clearminded and so I think we would like to see more of such voices from India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka,” said Fatima, the granddaughter of former Pakistani prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.—APP

Security cameras to be installed on motorways toll plazas STAFF REPORTER

I SLAMABAD —A high level operational meeting, under the chair of Inspector General, National Highways & Motorway police Zulfiqar Ahmed Cheema, was held today at HEC campus, Islamabad. The meeting was attended by all Zonal DIGs and respective sector commanders through video conference. In the meeting important operational matters were discussed in detail. IG Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema said that NH&MP got this good image in the public with great struggle and hard work

which has to be sustained and also improve it with hard work zeal and zest. He stressed upon officers and said that honesty and courtesy to road users is the identity of motorway police which is its precious asset. He added that every officer should protect this asset. He said that as the prime responsibility of NH&MP all operational officers should play their active role in providing safe and secure traveling to the road users. It was decided in the meeting to install security cameras and LED screens on toll plazas on motorways. The IG NH&MP directed to take extra mea-

PANAH seminar on heart diseases OUR CORRESPONDENT MANDI BAHAUDDIN—Pakistan National Heart Association (PANAH) held Tuesday a seminar at Government Post Graduate and Degree College Mandi Bahauddin to aware the teaching staff and students about dangers of heart diseases and precautions to remain safe from them. Besides students and teaching staff of the college ex-servicemen, government officials attended the seminar. Prominent among the participants were Principal of the college Mian Muhammad Akram, EDO Education secondary Schools Babar Mukhtar, Deputy Director Education (College) Alam. Col (Retd) Iniat Mirza, Principal Rangers Public School and College Col (Retd) Maqsood

Rana, Principal District Public Jinnah College Col (Retd) Ashiq Hussain, President Pakistan Exservicemen Society (PESS) and Vice President DBA Mandi Bahauddin Sher Muhammad Gondal, Vice president PESS Major Nasir Javed. President PANAH Major General (Retd) Masud Ur Rehman Kiani in his lecture told causes and remedies of heart diseases, diabetes, sugar and hypertension. He said these diseases are result of inactivity, lack of exercise and tension and one third of deaths in our country occur due to these diseases. He also laid great emphasis on the harms caused by smoking and obesity. Talking about preventive measures against these killing diseases he said people should take simple.

sures for the safe travelling of the participants of “Tableega Ijtema” on 10th November. He said that due to better strategies considerable reduction in accidents has been recorded in the last three months. It was strongly felt that most of the accidents on highways have been occurred due to motorcyclists and in many cases, the motorcyclists died due to head injury, therefore, it was decided in the conference that education campaign during the month of November be run to educate motorcyclists on the importance of Helmet.

Extra fees being extorted from students MANSOOR PIRZADA G HOTKI —Government Degree College Mirpur Mathelo extorts extra fees from the students for the annual examination of year 2013. According to sources Principal and other clerical staff were found involved in collecting extra fess from the students, fees for M.A (Part-1) is charged 8000 rupees instead of 7700 rupees, whereas M.A (Part-2) 3580 instead 3280, B.Sc. (Part-1) 3500 instead 3300, and B.Sc. (Part-2) fees is charged 2990 instead of 2400 rupees. Sources told that Shah Abdul Laif University has finalized the last date of submission of forms by 18 November, 2013, whereas administration of of Government Degree College Mirpur Mathelo has published the date 12 November 2013 .

attacks. Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, lies on the edge of Pakistan’s tribal areas which have been labelled by Washington as the main sanctuary for Al Qaeda and Taliban militants in the country. The city has seen frequent attacks by militants in the past few years, with targets ranging from civilians to policemen and other law enforcement personnel.

1,869 pateints in Sindh suffer from Dengue fever H YDERABAD —Number of Dengue patients has reached to 1,869, within the province of Sindh till Wednesday while 10 people lost their lives of this deadly disease. According to figures released here on Wednesday by Provincial Dengue Cell provincial capital has the most number of patients as 1,634 people had been diagnosed suffering from the fever in Karachi while 235 more people hailing from various districts of the province tested positive. Hyderabad is the second most affected city with 210 Dengue patients, 6 people found infested in Thatta while Dadu, Shikarpur and Sanghar Districts had three dengue patients each. Provincial Dengue Cell further said that four people were found infected by Dengue in Jamshoro and Sukkur, two in each district, while in Kambar Shahdadkot, Kashmore, Shaheed Benazirabad, Tharparkar and Umerkot districts had one patient each infected by the virus.—APP

PML-N was emerging strong political entity in the district after appointment of Amir Muqam as Adviser to the Prime Minister. The sense of deprivation would now subside after the appointment of Amir Muqam, he added. The day was not far off when the PMLN would emerge the single largest party in the Pukthunkhwa, he said adding Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has special regards and respect for the people of Malakand Division and the appointment of Amir Muqam as Advisor was a great favor with the people of Khyber Pakthunkhwa.

Met Office predicts scattered rain P ESHAWAR —The Meteorological Department here Wednesday predicated scattered rain with thunderstorm at Upper Khyber Pakthunkhwa and light snowfall over hills of Malakand division during next 24 hours. According to Met Office, scattered rain-thunderstorm is expected in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat and Bannu divisions due to westerly wave that is affecting upper and central parts of the country and is likely to persist during next two days. As result, light snowfall is also expected at isolated places over the hills of Malakand division and Gilgt Baltistan. Whereas, isolated rainthunderstorm in Northeast Balochistan (Quetta, Zhob, Kalat divisions), D. I. Khan, D. G Khan, Bahawalpur and Multan divisions is also expected. Rainfall on Wednesday in most parts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa brought a pleasant change in the weather and

also got cold in upper parts where mercury level went down after snowfall. Rain fell in intervals in Peshawar, Malakand, Hazara, Chitral, Kohat, Mardan, Swat and D.I.Khan made the weather pleasant. Snowfall continued in Chitral, Battagram and Torghar areas in intervals between heavy to

light downpour. The doctors have advised people to take simple precautionary measures to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe and well in the changing cold weather. The local met office has forecast partly cloudy weather with chances of light fog in the morning for the city and its suburbs during the next 24 hours.—APP

Past-Graduate College missing physical facilities SHER GONDAL MANDI BAHAUDDIN—Social circles and members of civil society have complained that Government Post Graduate College Mandi Bahauddin is missing physical facilities and actual needs for imparting education to students. They said that the college had problems such as acute shortage of furniture, lack of computer lab and lack of science and computer teachers, lack of IT facilities. Total number of students studying in the college is above 3000 and there is shortage of 600 chairs. Similarly building and class rooms are inadequate to accommodate all students. There is only one play ground and that is not

enough for students for playing and other extracurricular activities. They suggested that vacant railway land adjacent the college on north side should be given to the college for constructing playgrounds. In Post Graduate portion of the college science classes have not been started due to non availability of lab and science teachers. The students desiring to get Master degree in sciences had to move to Lahore or other cities where colleges have sciences classes. They have urged Punjab Government to take notice of problems being faced by the college and allocate funds as a special case to complete deficiency of required facilities and teaching staff.

TTP should respond positively


is one of the rare occasions that despite apparent setback to the peace process, both the opposition and the Government are on the same page as far as the issue of dialogue with TTP is concerned. During debate in the National Assembly on the situation arising out of American drone attack on peace process, Parliamentarians representing different political parties urged the Government to pursue the dialogue option at all costs. This is indeed an encouraging sign and reflective of the reality that the entire Pakistan is for negotiations with TTP and is opposed to the use of force to resolve the problem of terrorism and extremism. This is saner approach in that we have seen during the past decade that the use of force has triggered more violence and bloodshed. Experience of American and NATO occupation forces in Afghanistan is also the same and that is why Karazai regime and Obama administration are desperate to arrive at some understanding with Taliban in that country so as to give them a face saving when occupation troops leave Afghanistan next year. People of Pakistan have noticed with dismay the sad incident of sabotaging the peace process through drone strikes. They are unanimous in their view that those trying to derail the process can hardly be termed genuine friends and well wishers of Pakistan. Regrettably, some stray elements have started a media campaign to mislead the public opinion on the issue by planting fabricated stories that the peace process had not yet begun contrary to the claims of Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, meaning thereby that there was no question of undermining the dialogue process when it had not started. These elements are playing American game but they cannot befool the nation, which is convinced that conspiracies are being hatched to keep Pakistan boiling. While commending the position adopted by the Government and the opposition, we would urge the TTP to reciprocate and cooperate fully in making the dialogue process a success so as to foil designs of our enemies.


US torture tactics


Senate session on streets, ridiculous A

ITZAZ Ahsan evoked immense respect from different segments of the society because of his scholarly discourses, literary pursuits and leading the struggle for independence of the judiciary from the front but with the passage of time he has allowed himself to fall from the zenith. The apparent degeneration started when, in order to please his political bosses and to regain a position of strength in the party, he bade farewell to principles and adopted language of typical PPP jiyalas. There is a long list of grievances of his supporters as they watched him falling from the higher moral grounds but his strange decision to hold session of the Senate on roads and streets has shocked people of Pakistan. Being Leader of the Opposition in the upper House, Aitzaz has every right to agitate and protest if something wrong is done by the treasury benches but there are limits of decency, decorum and national prestige and honour. True, there is general impression that the Interior Minister presented wrong figures in the Senate about civilian casualties but heavens have not fallen. There are ways to make amends under the rules and regulations as there are reports that the Defence Ministry is reviewing its reply and might come out with correct figures. It is also true that the opposition has numerical superiority in the Senate but this should not be misused to send negative signals to the masses. Holding of sessions on road amounts to making mockery of the system and the Parliament and one wonders such a proposition should have come from a person like Aitzaz. By indulging in such tactics and behaviour, Aitzaz might climb a step higher to be close to his leadership but would be denting his position and image further in the eyes of the people, who are the ultimate judge.

India’s remarkable feat in space race B

Y focussing on science and technology, India, being a third world country made a remarkable feat by launching its first rocket to Mars on Tuesday aiming to put a satellite in orbit. If all goes according to plan, the interplanetary expedition will place India in an elite club of countries. The Soviet Union first attempted a mission to the Red Planet in 1960, the United States started its Mars exploration programme with a launch in 1964, while Japan launched its first spacecraft to Mars in 1998. The European Space Agency’s Mars Express was launched in 2003, and China was the most recent country to attempt a Mars mission, in 2011. Space is such an alien environment that attempting to work in it requires new techniques and knowledge. New technologies originating with or accelerated by space-related endeavours are often subsequently exploited in economic and military activities. This has been widely pointed to as beneficial by space advocates and enthusiasts favouring the investment of public funds in space activities and programmes. With the launch of the Mars orbiter, India has taken a few step-ups on the complexity ladder of modern space technology and it certainly opens doors for the country to make further breakthroughs. There is no denying the launch exemplifies a creative blend of Indian scientific ingenuity and frugal engineering. India, as an emerging economy has the capacity to go for such hi-tech endeavours but these should be for the benefit of the poor masses. Unfortunately the mindset in certain institutions of India is hegemonistic and they often try to bully the neighbouring countries including Pakistan. A report in the Indian newspapers the other day published an alleged warning by the intelligence that Pakistan’s ISI could use the Khalistani terrorists to eliminate BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi. It reflects negative Indian mindset and creates misunderstanding. We would say that the Indian leadership for the greater good of its people and region should adopt a positive attitude in order to build trust among the neighbouring countries that New Delhi has no aggressive designs as it moves ahead in the field of advanced technology.

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Hindus aspire for Hindu Raj in India and knives and incantatory lessons in hate and violence minorities in India. Asif Haroon Raja against They are told to cleanse Email: Mahabharata of the presence of impure aliens and low caste Hindu Dalits and make HILE India brags about it pure. Ethnic cleansing by Hindu democracy, secularism terrorists is aimed at establishing and human rights, in re- Hindu Rashtra envisaged by ality Hindu Brahmans aspire for Savarkar and Golwalker. Assassins, Hindu Raj. They consider them- arsonists, thugs and rapists supposselves to be pure and superior and edly serve the cause of Hindutva. all other communities impure and Indian Military intelligence and inferior. Four-fold caste system was serving Indian Army officers are inconceived by the Brahmans to volved in terrorism. I.K. Shukla maintain their unchallenged su- gave out details of Hindu terrorism premacy. Brahmans insist that in India in ‘the Milli Gazette (online castes are divinely sanctioned and edition) on September 26, 2005. cannot be changed or abrogated. Intolerant and cruel extremist They have kept the other three Hindus have all along vied to concastes of Kshatryas, Vaisyas and vert India into a Hindu State. They Dalits as underdogs. want all other religious minorities India’s caste system which in India to either convert to Hindutears apart its social fabric and di- ism, or get Hinduised by fully vides people into warring groups adopting Hindu culture, or quit Inis a unique case in world history. dia. Prophet of peace Mahatma This sinister game is played by Gandhi also used to preach Ram Brahmans in collaboration with Raj. Hindutva is fascist in its ideruling class to their mutual ben- ology. It is guiding ideology of efit. 2.6% high caste Brahmans Sangh Pariwar, of which RSS, BJP, controls the destinies of Indians Bajrang Dal, Vishva Hindu Prashad through caste system. The system are part. Shiv Sena, a political party devised by Brahmans gives them of Maharashtra is closely associthe divine right to rule, to plunder ated with it. History textbooks wealth of lower castes. Dalits are have been distorted in which Musmeant to do menial jobs only and lim rule in India is painted in black remain in servitude of the Brah- and mythical Hindu leaders eulomans. They are denied entry in gized. In all BJP ruled States, temples, cremation grounds, and Hindutva has been imposed. river bathing points. A Dalit will All these right wing parties/ die as a Dalit. groups pursue discriminatory poliHindu extremism and terror- cies against minorities particularly ism in India have scaled new Muslims. In Shiv Sena’s philosophy, heights. Hindu terrorists are the a good Hindu is the one who hates backbone of RSS-VHP-BJP- Muslims and is ready to attack Bajrang Dal. There are about 100 them. This party patronized by terrorist groups in India involved Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra in terrorism. Scores of training Modi was involved in the massacamps under Saffron are run in cre of Muslims in Gujarat in 2002. India to train Hindu terrorists. They refused self rule to Sikhs in Trainers are given subversive Punjab where their population is paramilitary training, issued arms 86%, to the Muslims in Kashmir


with over 90% population, to the Buddhists in Ladakh with 90% population and to Christians in north India where they are in majority. Terrorism fuelled in India to terrorize minorities is cleverly shielded by blaming Pakistan. Between 2001 and 2008, all acts of terrorism which took place in India were pasted on Indian Muslims, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Pakistan. It has recently been revealed by Indian authorities that terror attack on Indian Parliament in December 2001 was engineered by the incumbent Indian government to pressurize Pakistan and discredit freedom movement in Kashmir. In 2007, Samjhota Express train carrying 55 Pakistani passengers coming from New Delhi to Lahore lost their lives as a result of bomb blast. Pakistan was blamed for the incident. Anti-terrorist chief of Maharashtra Hemant Karkare while investigating terrorist act in Malegaon unearthed a big racket. To his dismay he gathered that a Hindu terrorist group patronized by Indian Military Intelligence Directorate officer Lt Col Srikant Purohit was involved in all the previous terror acts for which Pakistan and Indian Muslims were accused. A charge sheet was submitted to Mumbai court on January 20, 2008 by Karkare in which Purohit was the main conspirator who provided RDX explosive for blasts in Malegaon. Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur was presented as main accused who arranged the men for planting explosives at the given sites. The charge read that Purohit launched Hindu outfit Abhinov Bharat in 2007 with the aim of propagating a separate Hindu Rashtra with its own constitution. He collected Rs 21 lacs to promote his fundamentalist ideology. He brought RDX with him on his posting out from Kashmir. He assembled the explosive at his residence in Pune with the help of co-accused

Sudhakar Chaturveda and wanted accused Ramji Kalsangra. The explosives were used in September 2008 blasts at Malegaon in which 8 people died and 70 sustained injuries near a mosque. Charges were framed against 11 accused. Those were Purohit, Sadhvi, self-styled Guru Dayanand Panday, Shivnaraya Kalsangra, Sham Sahu, Ramesh Upadhyay, Sameer Kulkarani, Ajay Rahirkai, Rakesh Dhawde, Sadhukar Chaturvedi and Jagdish Mhatre. Karkare had collected all the evidence and the case in Mumbai Court had reached the conviction stage but he was murdered by RAW agents on the night of November 26, 2008 in Mumbai. Ajmal Kasab, declared as a Pakistani was blamed for Karkare’s murder as well as other attacks. Swami Aseemanand arrested in 2010 exposed the role of right wing Hindu groups involved in series of acts of terror. Indian Home Minister Sushal Schinde and Satish Verma also exposed Hindu terrorism. They asserted that all terrorist acts in India including Mumbai attacks were in reality committed by Hindu terrorist groups. Even after exposure of their false flag operations, Indian leaders unashamedly continue to blame Pakistan that Jamatud Dawa’s leader Hafiz Saeed was responsible for Mumbai attacks and that ISI is still involved in cross border terrorism in occupied Kashmir. Obama listened to the wailing of Manmohan and expressed his concern when he met Nawaz Sharif in Washington on October 23. In case Modi gets elected in 2014 elections, he will abolish secularism and will fervently work towards making India a bigoted Hindu State and to destroy Pakistan to fulfill aspirations of the Hindus. — The writer, a retired Brig, is defence analyst.

Break the begging bowl bated the inequality between the poor and the rich. middle-class areas and Shaukat M Zafar In cities, the separation was Email: especially felt. While a small portion of the crony capitalists, business class, NFORTUNATELY, Paki and loyalists to our leaders were able stan is among the nations to benefit from these policies, the vast that have depended on the majority of the population was disIMF and the World Bank for devel- enfranchised. Zardari‘s regime broke opment programs. The harsh eco- all the records to rampantly spread nomic policies foist on nations by the neoliberal policies to please his these organizations as conditions external masters. PML (N)‘s previfor loan, have derailed and de- ous government and the Musharraf stroyed their economic destiny. regime did gain short-term benefits The Pak economy has since been in terms of wealth and capital accuin shambles. Pakistan is not alone; mulation from their privatizations the IMF-World Bank used its ‘eco- and neoliberal policies—all without nomic medicine’ to ‘undermine the any of this wealth ever reaching the economy of the former Soviet vast majority of the population. The block and dismantle its system of flaw was that they neglected equality and distribution, political liberState enterprises.’ And the harsh policies imposed alization, without the foresight to on Eastern Europe, Yugoslavia and realize what the eventual consethe former Soviet Union since the quence of this imbalance of riches late 1980s have ‘devastating eco- would be. As their fellow leaders nomic and social consequences.’ celebrated their profits, the people IMF imposed the policies of the of Pakistan were left with nothing. Washington Consensus on countries This vast separation between the without understanding the distinct wealthy and the poor can inevitacharacteristics of the countries that bly lead to the revolt of the impovmade those policies difficult to erished at any time, carry out, unnecessary, or even In fact, the world’s recurrent food counter-productive. The implica- crises are making a handful of investions of policies created in Wash- tors and multinational corporations ington have now been exposed for very rich—even as they devastate the their detrimental impact on widen- poor and put the rest of the planet at ing income inequalities and deep- severe environmental and economic ening poverty throughout the devel- risk. Pretty obviously policies of the IMF are such that rich multinationoping world including Pakistan. Pakistan’s neoliberal policies als like: they want to sell their prodand economic liberalization—with- ucts everywhere without restriction, out the political reforms to redistrib- they hate when protectionist or naute the wealth—severely exacer- tionalist governments get in their


way. In 2012, the world’s 100 richest people became $241 billion richer. They are now worth $1.9 trillion: just a little less than the entire output of the United Kingdom. This is not the result of chance. The rise in the fortunes of the super-rich is the direct result of policies. The policies that made the global monarchs so rich are the policies squeezing everyone else. After introduction of market liberalization vegetable and fruit prices are giving the common man sleepless nights. Prices of other commodities like milk, eggs, sugarcane and even raw cotton have also risen sharply. The escalating prices have hit the family budgets of most households, who have either cut down the use of some vegetables and fruits or found alternatives. Some people have stopped purchasing vegetables completely. The sky-high prices of fruits, vegetables and other food items have put an unprecedented strain on the common man, and families are struggling to cope with this shock. Free play of market forces is justified only in theory. A well planned intervention by the government is a must to control the situation. The public distribution system has to be geared up, made more effective and efficient. A tough control over possible hoarders, profiteers and self-seeking elements is a must. The supply and demand sides have to be regulated. Before allowing export of any essential commodities, vegetables and fruits, first addressing the local demand may be ensured. This is necessary till the economy develops itself fully to sustain any jerk without losing balance. The IMF doesn’t realize the damage austerity do. The IMF

makes very liberal financing available on political considerations, if U.S wants, even if a government’s economic policies are down the wrong path. It should be remembered IMF swiftly agreed to support Gen. Musharraf after 9/11 by extending financial support under much needed Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) when prospects of PRGF package for Pakistan were quite dismal till a week before 9/11. Thus it is evident that sudden and positive change in IMF attitude towards Pakistan was the result of political understanding between Gen. Musharraf and US administration, and not in line with the ethics of multilateral lending. Most IMF loans are thus end up in the pockets of politicians. I hope the Nawaz Sharif regime will have the courage to ask the IMF to name any one country that has succeeded after implementing its antipeople’s prescriptions. There is no success story anywhere in the world. Enough is enough. We should get rid of begging bowl. Government should now depend on local resources; enhance the tax base, make room for priority spending such as on investment in infrastructure, education, and health, by controlling wasteful and untargeted spending. Economic growth should be sustainable, it must create jobs, its benefits should be widely spread, and there should be a broader and fairer distribution of economic opportunities across the population. — The writer is Islamabad-based retired banker.

HE fundamental principle of medicine — and one that was established nearly 3,000 years ago in ancient Greece — is that doctors should “do no harm”. It is enshrined in the Hippocratic oath that medical professionals swear to uphold. Except if you are a doctor practising medicine under the sway and influence of the Central Intelligence Agency or the Pentagon. In a shocking and damning report released this week by the respected Institute of Medicine and the George Soros-funded Open Society Foundation, medical professionals, working with or instructed by the US departments directly involved in Washington’s “war on terror”, helped design, enable and participated in torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment of detainees. According to the report, these doctors or trained medical personnel aided and abetted the active torture of those picked up by American security forces and their allies. These detainees were subjected to psychological and physical torture that included waterboarding, force-feeding prisoners and help keeping them alive while their minds and bodies were wracked by pain. These modernday Doctor Mengeles worked alongside torturers as they did their worst to inflict pain and suffering on detainees who have yet to face justice under normal acceptable standards and who are still being held in the gulag of Guantanamo Bay. While President Barack Obama has ended the programmes of rendition, detention and interrogation under which these human rights abuses took place, he has dismally failed to follow through on his first executive order of his first day in office. What is also depressing and distressing is that the doctors and medical professionals who aided and abetted torture and physical and mental abuse will never face justice for their cruel actions. They simply slip into the night and continue to treat ordinary Americans blissfully unaware of their dirtiest deeds against humanity. — Gulf News


Kerry’s outreach


OHN Kerry is on a fencemending mission to the region. During his visit to Saudi Arabia, the articulate US secretary of state seems to have succeeded in allaying recent concerns that Washington’s hip-hop diplomacy has created in many a capitals in the region. The prime among them was the somersault that the United States took from its stated position that use of force would be considered if Damascus crossed the redline by using chemical weapons. The US retreat was considered by Riyadh as an appeasement of President Bashar Al Assad’s regime, which gassed its own people on August 21. Similarly, the ensuing thaw between Washington and Tehran after the presidents of both countries spoke on the phone is also a matter of serious concern for America’s strategic allies in the region. The Vietnam veteran seems to have apprised his Saudi counterpart, Prince Saud Al Faisal, of the US position, facilitating for both of them to inform the media that relations between the two nations are “strategic and enduring” and that there are no differences between them over Syria. Prince Saud went on to describe the bilateral relationship as one based on “sincerity, candour and frankness” in response to Kerry’s narration of Saudi Arabia being a “very, very important ally”. The reiteration of trust has come at a time when ground realities in the region are in a flux. The nuclear talks that Washington is set to resume with Tehran this week could be a milestone if it results in persuading the Islamic republic to scale down its ambitious uranium enrichment programme, and open up the country for trade. Neutralising Iran will serve as a security cushion for the Arab states. Similarly, a rejuvenated Saudi diplomacy can play a greater role in prevailing over the Syrian opposition for entering into meaningful talks at Geneva later this month. Kerry has just laid the ground for a broad-based understanding of divisive issues. — Khaleej Times Doctors bury their mistakes. Lawyers hang them. But journalists put theirs on the front page. — Anonymous

Responding to Cold Start Doctrine Voice of the People Beenish Altaf


N outstanding with enhanced capability missile tested suc cessfully today dated November 5, 2013. It was a Short Range Surface to Surface Missile named as Hatf IX (NASR) with a range of 60 kilometer. The test fire was conducted with successive launches of 4 x missiles (Salvo) from a state of the art multi tube launcher. Nasr with this in-flight maneuver capability is a quick response system equipped with shoot and scoot attributes. Before analyzing Nasr it is imperative to recount here that nuclear deterrence is foisted upon Pakistan due to India’s aggressive nuclear weapon program. Coming to the point, India is pro-actively firing day by day a new test, just for instance going a few days back, Indian testfired a nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile with a strike range of 350

km. It was also a surface-to-surface missile that was test-fired from a mobile launcher in ‘Salvo Mode.’ Giving that reason, Pakistan’s response in form of TNWs in or the other way, is necessary for restoring and then ultimately maintaining the credibility of its nuclear deterrence. The Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, acknowledging the effort as an addition to Pakistan deterrence, congratulated the scientists and engineers on this outstanding achievement which consolidates Pakistan’s deterrence capability. The test being in a Salvo mode is an excellent effort to respond to India’s Cold Start Doctrine (CSD) and there ‘proactive operations which were introduced with the purpose of finding space for limited war, by achieving their objectives remaining below Pakistan nuclear threshold.’ The press release also explained regarding the test that it contributes to the full spectrum deterrence against threats in view of evolving scenarios.

Therefore Pakistan’s verdict of introducing these weapons in its nuclear force posture is very much intact with ‘Waltz argument that in an anarchical international system, states must rely on self help mechanism for protecting its sovereignty and national security.’ Though for Pakistan the real nuclear threat festering in south Asia is Indian military expansion and buildup but pragmatically speaking, if India assumes that it could dominate the war through surgical strikes or its so-called CSD without crossing nuclear threshold then they need to correct themselves keeping the successful series of NASR tests. It actually aimed to target the ‘advancing Indian Army armored columns’ or proactive Indian army operations inside the Pakistan borders. The cutting edge technology (Nasr) intends for large army concentration. Haft IX — shoot and scoot nuclear missile could be fired upon ‘area of operation of a Divisional or Corps level attack.’ Bellig-

erently, former Indian Air Chief’s statement would be relevant to quote here that he made categorically; ‘such a nuclear attack even at this level would invite a massive response from India and though he did not name the cities but analysts presume that they might be Lahore and Karachi. Defence analysts had also surmised that Pakistan is at a distinct disadvantage of producing this weapon system which it cannot use in any war with its adversary but has spent billions of dollars on the same. Ironically, I believe it’s more a liability rather than a benefit. They won’t be used on either sides of border. Lastly, since the game of thrones was initiated by Indian CSD, Pakistan needs to keep on test firing these upgraded missiles. Let’s wait and see how India will react; it could be that they would create a buffer zone might be plus 60 Km on border. — The writer is Research Associate at Strategic Vision Institute.

Climate change effects rural women Tahir Hasnain


MONGST the countries most-affected by climate change, Pakistan is the most vulnerable country as it has been experiencing an intense climate change impacts throughout its ecological zones such as glaciers, high mountains, tropical forests, riverine belts, deserts, and coastal ecosystems. As a consequence, in view of escalating social, environmental and economic challenges for country, climate change has recently raised serious concerns. Climate change is not gender neutral and women bear a disproportionate burden of climate change consequences. Women are in fact closer to nature than their male counterparts and possess traditional experiences and profound knowledge of nature. Women in rural communities are the backbone of agricultural production and play a significant role in the management of natural resources because of their social and economic roles which require them to provide food,

fuel, fodder and income derived from the surrounding resource base. Hence, Rural Women suffer most of the burden of risk when the climate change impacts upon natural resources or a natural disaster comes off. For instance, when the land is flooded and infrastructure (roads and houses) are damaged, large scale displacement from inundated areas happens and much of the burden of dislodgment falls on women. The factors that increase the vulnerability of Rural Women to climate change are: gender-based discrimination against women; unequal power relations between women and men including in access to assets and resources; violence and intra-household inequities. Besides, women also suffer from low levels of education, inaccessible health facilities and high gender inequality. Thus Rural Women, due to a number of above mentioned pre-existing factors, lack adaptive capacity to climate change despite the fact that the share of burden falls disproportionately on them. According to field research conducted by Shirkat Gah (an NGO and women’s resource centre) in District

Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah) in 2011, District Swat in 2012 and recently in the coastal areas of District Thatta, the local community revealed that the shifts in weather patterns and climate change have put more pressures on rural women than men. The studies captured vulnerabilities of rural women towards climate change at the local level with reference to resources that fall within the ambit of their roles (management of resources like water, fuel and fodder, livestock, agriculture and livelihoods). Apart from this, shifts in cropping patterns and agriculture technologies and frequent use of synthetic pesticides/fertilizers have increased the vulnerability of women. Thirty years back, women were quite healthier and they were living life with better daily routine, nutritious diet and the enjoyment of life. Now, women are generally weak, food insecure (undernourished) and they do bear lots of health problems. While working, women usually exhaust in a little while but they still continue working due to extra home/ societal pressures. Women, over the time, have lost control over natural

resources. Climate change has reduced land fertility as well as the agricultural productivity; abandoned many crops/fruits; and also changed cropping patterns besides multiplied use of chemical pesticides/fertilizers. Similarly, forest cover has also been reduced and the fishing activity has now been altered all together. As a result of all these changes, workload and hardships of women has increased manifold. Rural Women are not just helpless victims of climate change but they also possess useful knowledge and experiences that can be effectively used to mitigate climate change as well as developing strategies to cope and adapt. Hence, women’s concerns have to be integrated in climate change policies to make them comprehensive. Women also deserve their fair share in decision-making due to their higher vulnerability to climate change as compared to fellow men. — The writer is a veteran researcher, writer and development practitioner serving the nongovernment development sector consistently from two decades.

Views From Abroad

Can US military learn from its mistakes? Thomas E Ricks


FTER the Vietnam War, the US Army soberly examined where it had fallen short. That critical appraisal laid the groundwork for the military’s extraordinary rebuilding in the 1970s and 1980s. Today, after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, no such intensive reviews are under way, at least to my knowledge — and I have been covering the US military for 22 years. The problem is not that our nation is no longer capable of such introspection. There has been much soul-searching in the United States about the financial crisis of 2008 and how to prevent a recurrence. Congress conducted studies and introduced broad legislation to reform financial regulations. But no parallel work has been done to help our military. The one insider work that tried to critique overall military performance was a respectable study by the Joint Staff, but it fell short in several key respects, including silence about the failure to deploy enough troops to carry out the assigned missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. As James Dobbins recently noted in a review of that study, our military shows “a continued inability to come to closure” on some controversial issues. This is worrisome for several reasons. The military con-

tinues largely unchanged despite many shaky performances by top leaders. That is unprofessional. It doesn’t encourage adaptive leaders to rise to the top, as they find and implement changes in response to the failures of the past decade. And it enables a “stab in the back” narrative to emerge as generals ignore their missteps and instead blame civilian leaders for the failures in Iraq and Afghanistan. A retired general I know warns that this narrative is more likely to take hold as the active-duty military shrinks and grows more isolated from the society it protects. There is no question that President George W. Bush and other civilians made many of the most glaring errors, such as the decision to go to war in Iraq based on a misreading of intelligence information. But military leaders also made mistakes, and those remain under the rug where our generals swept them. I am not criticizing the performance of soldiers and US Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Unlike in the Vietnam War, they were, at the smallunit level, well-trained and well-led. They were tactically proficient and generally enjoyed good morale. In Vietnam, Chuck Hagel, now the secretary of defence, served as an acting first sergeant of an infantry company when he had been in the army for less than two years. Nothing like that happened recently. Our military is adept and adaptive at the tactical level but

not at the higher levels of operations and strategy. Generals should not be allowed to hide behind soldiers. Indeed, one way to support the troops is to scrutinize the performances of those who lead them. The many unanswered questions about how our military performed in recent years include: (1) How did the use of contractors, even in front-line jobs, affect the course of war? Consider that two recent national-security incidents involved federal contractors: Edward Snowden, who distributed US government secrets around the world, and Aaron Alexis, who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard last month. (2) Which units tortured people? This affected success in the wars but also relates to caring for our veterans. Torture has two victims: those who suffer it and those who inflict it. Yet our military leaders are not turning over this rock. (3) Are there better ways to handle personnel issues than carrying on peacetime policies? Were the right officers promoted to be generals? A recent article in Parameters, the journal of the Army War College, found that commanding a division in combat in Iraq slightly hurt a general’s chances of being promoted to the senior ranks. Yet in most wars, combat command has been the road to promotion. What was different in recent years? (4) And what happened to accountability for generals? Recently

the Marine Corps fired two generals for combat failures in Afghanistan. This was newsworthy because it apparently was the first time since 1971 that a general had been relieved for professional lapses in combat. That is too long. The military is not Lake Wobegon, and not all our commanders are above average. (5) Some fundamental disagreements between US military leaders and their civilian overseers were never addressed, such as the number of troops required to occupy Iraq. This undercut the formulation of a coherent strategy. Can we educate our future military leaders to better articulate their strategic concerns? If not, expect more quarrelling and confusion on issues such as what — if anything — to do about Syria. As long as such questions go unanswered, we run the danger of repeating mistakes made in Iraq and Afghanistan. With President Barack Obama and Congress apparently disinclined to push the military to fix itself, it is up to the Joint Chiefs, especially Chairman Martin Dempsey and the heads of the Army (Gen. Raymond Odierno) and the Marine Corps (Gen. James Amos), to do so. It is their duty. The writer is a Journalist who has written five books about the US military, most recently “The Generals: American Military Command From World War II to Today.” — Courtesy: The Japan Times

Clubbing with Advani..!


OOR Advani, he’s suddenly finding nobody listens to him! It’s not a nice feeling, and must be making him feel lonely and miserable. “Hello Mr Advaniji, join the club!” “What club?” “The ‘I won’t retire’ club!” “Do you have a membership fee?” “No, just a form you have to fill!” “This is a strange form, it says you will never ever retire, give up post, or stop telling people how to

run their lives?” “Yes, but isn’t that what you have been doing?” “Maybe, but it looks different when I see it in writing!” “Don’t worry, you can keep a copy in your pocket and remind yourself of the commitment whenever you forget. These young fellows just don’t know how to run their lives!” “No they don’t!” shouted Advani, bristling with rage. “Do they think they know everything? They don’t! It’s me who knows everything! After all I was born before them!” The President of the ‘I won’t Retire Club’ walked over to the political leader. “You are already talking like a seasoned member!” he said. “I see a glorious future for you here!” “Future?”

“Yes, I see in the far distance the distinct possibility you may one day take over this club, may even be the president. You have the potential!” “How long will that be? When are the next elections?” “We don’t have elections!” said the president. “We wait till the committee member, president or secretary dies then we take over!” “This is an excellent rule,” said Advani, “May be this is the rule we should have in all our political parties!” “What were you in your political party?” “A senior leader!” “And they wanted to throw you out?” “No, they stopped listening to me!” “Oh!” said the president of the ‘I Won’t Retire Club,’ that is something we don’t

fight for. We refuse to retire, but we certainly don’t expect anyone to listen to us! Did you actually expect both? Not to retire and to be listened to? “Then, you’ll have to join the club next door.” “What are you doing here?” asked, Manmohan Singh as Advani entered the new club. “What club is this?” asked Advani. “The ‘No One Listens to Me Club.” I am the president! You should have the tea here, it’s good!” “No I’ll have coffee!” said Advani, “Why should I listen to you!” You’ve passed, you’re a member!” said Manmohan as they both stared mournfully at the club floor. —

Is US really peace spoiler or?

Making mockery of Quranic edicts

M AHMAD Your editorial US, the peace spoiler (Nov 03) cannot be contradicted because this is not the first time that drone attack has disturbed our peace process. But the fact is that Hakeemullah Mehsud was on the hit list of US with $ 5 million head money. The attack on Hakeemullah is not un-expected, US has deployed large number of spies in FATA area to obtain early information about their chosen targets for which informers are heavily paid. No doubt it is a big tragedy for Pakistan but it is not fair to blame US, if at all anyone is to be blamed, it is we who wasted so much of time in initiating talks. APC was held on 9th September 2013 agreeing on one point agenda that since Army has given green signal for talks with Taliban therefore Government shall enter into dialogue. Unfortunately no home work and strategy was worked out and six weeks were lost whereas talks should have started immediately after holding APC. Why don’t we understand that drone is a policy matter of US and they have made it very clear that these will not be stopped but efforts shall be made to avoid collateral damage. Our protests, passing resolutions, calling US ambassador to foreign office and threat to block the NATO supply route makes no difference to US as we have carried out this exercise in the past and achieved nothing. Action replay from our side shall not deter US to stop drone attacks to hit targets anywhere in Pakistan as announced by US and rightly stated by Parvez Rashid Minister for Information that closure of NATO supply route shall not halt drone attacks. Our actions are only for the consumption of people. What prevented Government not to initiate dialogue with Taliban immediately after APC must be answered? In any case the preconditions imposed by TTP would be counterproductive until some flexibility is shown by them. In view of this incident if at all talks have to be initiated no more time should be wasted to reach to some logical conclusion as rightly concluded in the editorial, this is otherwise important because the TTP leadership has talked of renewed attacks and that would be disastrous particularly when the Government is incompetent to take timely decisions and actions. —Sydney, Australia

Domestic violence HASHIM ABRO Whenever I had the opportunity to visit any lawyer friend in the Bar Room Office either in Islamabad or in Rawalpindi, I come across a number of women who are either abused or were subjected to domestic violence. These unfortunate women come to hire a lawyer to seek a legal recourse against their inhuman husbands. Only the other day, I could see a highly qualified lady, an Assistant Professor, somewhere in the College, had come to sue her property dealer husband for personal injury. Indeed, domestic violence is epidemic in Pakistani society but unfortunately nowadays it has alarmingly increased in the urban society as compared to the rural society. Recent reports and reliable surveys conducted about the urban Pakistani society suggests that nearly two in every four women experience domestic violence in her life in the forms of verbal abuse, assault and battery, restriction of personal liberty, economic control or marital rape. Several surveys conducted in women’s prisons also reveal significant correlation between domestic violence and crimes committed by women. One of the learned speakers in a one-day workshop on “Prisoners’ Vulnerability-lacking awareness” held here in the Federal Judicial Academy, Islamabad, under the auspices of Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan, also showed that over 60 percent of women who committed crimes had suffered from domestic violence in the past Keeping in view the growing domestic violence against women in the urban Pakistani society, it is suggested that the Government may launch a series of “reform projects” and policy experiments to enhance the capacity of legal institutions and empower justice sector stakeholders to intervene in and reduce domestic violence across the country. While developing stronger legislation is “sine qua non’, it will be equally necessary to strengthen community-level awareness and collective responses to incidences of domestic violence. The educational institutions may be taken on broad to raise-awareness about this chronic issue. The FM Radio and the television channels may be requested to



aulana Fazlur Rehman Sahib has stated on TV on 2nd of Muharam that ‘as for as he is concerned anyone killed by the United States, even if it is a dog, is Shaheed (Martyr)’. We have read about the Second Caliph announcing that he would be held responsible in the court of Allah if a dog died of hunger in his realm; but I have never heard anyone in Islamic history stating what Maulana Sahib stated. I most certainly have not read it in Quran or Ahadith. The term ‘Martyr’ to my knowledge, is used only for a believer who sacrifices his life in the name or cause of Allah. The honour can also be attributed to some other believers like in case of drowning, sudden death, death for a noble cause etc. etc. Linking ‘Shahadat’ with the death of a dog in the month of Muharam must have taken many Muslims by surprise. As a Muslim scholar, is Maulana Sahib going to give reference on his amazing statement? Or should we take this as a Fatwa by the Maulana? Our religious leaders, particularly the ones who have notable followings, should not make mockery of the Quranic edicts and terms and must be more careful and responsible in making such statements. —Via email

drone strikes. But why so much of hue and cry on this single drone strike in which no innocent was killed but most wanted terrorist. Drone attacks and especially civilian causalities in drone strikes must be strongly condemned, protested and all possible measures be taken to safe guard our sovereignty but it should not be for the cause of terrorist or give an impression of playing on behalf of terrorists. This creates division in the perception of masses on legitimacy of war against terrorism and lowering the moral of forces fighting the menace. We as nation must decide once for all with total clarity that who is hero for the nation and who is terrorist responsible for thousands of innocent killings otherwise we will TAHIR MAHMOOD continue to suffer as at present with A lot of hue and cry is being made divided perceptions. on the death of TTP Chief —Via email Hakeemullah Mehsud in drone attack. A section of media, some political leaders and Government have shown strong reaction to the extent of terming it as an attempt to saboNEHA KHAN tage the talks with Talban. Government also officially protested to United States for the drone strike and Through the columns of your eskillings on which the State Depart- teemed newspaper, I would like to ment Official not only rejected the bring to notice the education system protest but also the insinuation that of Pakistan. The education system of killing was intended to affect the Pakistan has become so low that it is talks and peace process. PTI led disappointing. Pakistan is at the 113th KPK Government have threatened rank out of 120 registered UN memto stop NATO supplies in KPK and bers according to the report by demanded same from Federal Gov- UNESCO. And in human developernment and other Provinces. Nawaz ment report Pakistan is placed at 136th Government in Centre and Punjab position for having just 49.9% of edualso indicated considering the option cated population. of stopping NATO supplies. The main problem arises due to US has been conducting drone the differences in public and private strikes in FATA for last more than education. This develops class syssix years and has done many a times tem among people. The rural areas in last few months as well. Why such barely have proper schools and teacha strong a reaction this time. Anger ers which causes an increase in drop and outrage seem strange as if the outs. Gender discrimination is also killing of topmost terrorist was a one of the main problems which degreat loss to Pakistan. The protests creases literacy rate in Pakistan. If the are legitimate against the drone at- Government utilizes its money proptacks being against the sovereignty erly on the education system there of Pakistan but the timings are giv- would be a great positive change in ing a negative message. It is beyond Pakistan. As a concerned citizen I any dispute that Hakeemullah care for Pakistan. To have a better Mehsud was a terrorist responsible Pakistan, we need to change the edufor most acts of terrorism and kill- cation system. If the literacy rate inings of thousands innocent citizens creases and illiteracy rate decreases in last five years. TPP does not ac- then Pakistan will be heading towards cept the Constitution of Pakistan, le- a prosperous future. gitimacy of its state organs and it —Karachi never stopped killing of innocent people even after the initiation of recent dialogue process. If our memories are not short lived the deaths of Christians in Peshawar HAMED USMAN Church blast, killing of KPK Government Servants in employees bus blast, Shahadat of General Sanaullah The leader of the TTP, Hakeemullah Khan Niazi along with other secu- Mehsud, has been killed and peace rity forces persons and many other negotiations between the Governterrorist acts took place after the pro- ment and the Taliban seem to take a cess of talks was underway. Those new shift. The meeting of the clershowing outrage and sympathy on ics with the Taliban, which was penthe deaths of a terrorist and his fel- cilled in on Saturday, one day after low militants were not so vocal and the drone strikes against the Taliban annoyed against terrorists when they leader were actually carried out, has were brutally killing innocent people been delayed afterwards. The Govof Pakistan. It must be hurting the ernment must prove itself to be a families of martyrs when a section resolute negotiator in restoring peace of media and some leaders show to the country. Nawaz Sharif had support for the terrorists on one pre- urged President Obama to review the US drone policy but Friday’s strikes text or other. It is being asserted that the again proved that the US did not pay Mehsud’s killing has halted the dia- heed to our warning. Perhaps, this logue process but in reality it never was a mere talk. Peace talks with the Taliban began nor was on track. Taliban openly refused talks within the ambit should be made successful at any of Constitution of Pakistan terming cost. Unfortunately, the tardy reit as un-Islamic and Pak Government sponse by the leadership to the issue as slave of USA. TTP and other has already exacerbated the peaceful Militant groups had in fact increased conditions in the country. The Govthe frequency of terrorist act in re- ernment must resume talks as early cent past. However, they were indi- as possible and bring this terrorism rectly able to assert pressure on the phenomenon to an end, once for all. Government to protest against drone —Chichawatni strikes as these strikes hurt them the most. Government which was under ISCLAIMER pressure for lack of progress on talks with Taliban after being mandated THE articles, columns and in APC over two months back found letters are published on these an excuse and is propagating that pages in good faith. However, Hakeemullah‘s killing has sabotaged the talks process. Government never the contents of these writings put similar blames on TTP or other may not necessarily match the militants when they attacked church views of the newspaper. or killed GOC Swat. Now a wave of sympathy is be—Editor ing generated on the death of most wanted terrorist in the garb of legitimate concerns of whole nation on

show dramas and programmes which could discourage the growing inhuman tendency of violence against women in the society. In addition to this, the Provincial governments may also launch pilot projects to explore effective multi-sectoral domestic violence prevention and response models. Above all, the National Commission on the Status of Women may be directed to play a proactive role to raise awareness and advocacy against this despicable social behavior in the society and promote humanistic values in the society. —Islamabad

Hero or terrorist

Education system of Pakistan

Drone that killed Hakeemullah


Tajik president set to win another term DUSHANBEVoters in Tajikistan cast ballots Wednesday in a presidential election all but certain to extend the incumbent’s more than 20-year rule after officials barred the only real opposition candidate from the race. President Emomali Rakhmon, 61, is running for his fourth term in the strategically important Central Asian nation neighboring Afghanistan and China. The Sunni Muslim country of 8 million is one of the poorest among the ex-Soviet nations. It depends on the remittances of the more than 1 million Tajiks working in Russia to make up nearly one-half of the nation’s GDP. For many years, Rakhmon’s government has cracked down on dissent and maintained tight control over the media, drawing harsh criticism from international rights groups. He faces virtually no competition in this vote. Rights activist Oinihol Bobonazarova was denied registration on the grounds she failed to collect the signatures of 5 percent of the nation’s voters. She insisted she had done so, but the Central Election Commission claimed she fell short because the number of eligible voters had changed. The remaining five presidential challengers have campaigned together and have even praised Rakhmon. Tajik authorities have sought to exploit public fears of a replay of a bloody civil war

that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. “(The authorities) tried to create an impression that if people support (me), it could lead to a war and bloodshed as in the 1990s,” Bobonazarova said.

Rakhmon, a state farm director during Soviet times, took the helm during the war that erupted in 1992. Russia backed Rakhmon’s faction against a coalition of Islamists, nationalists and democratic groups. A 1997 peace deal gave the opposition a significant number of government posts, but Rakhmon later consolidated his power, gradually squeezing the opposition members out. There were clashes between government troops and militants in 2010 and 2012, but the government has moved quickly to uproot its foes and cement control. “Rakhmon’s positions are very strong,” said Nurali Davlat, an independent analyst. “The opposition has failed to consolidate.” Tajikistan has allowed U.N. coalition troops and cargo to travel from Afghanistan over its territory, although its ex-Soviet neighbors Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have played a far greater role.—AP

Iraq suicide bomber kills 7 police outside Baghdad B AGHDAD —A

suicide bomber tried to ram an explosives-laden truck into a police headquarters outside Baghdad Wednesday morning, killing at least seven policemen and wounding 14, officials said. The truck exploded when it hit a concrete blast wall outside the building in the town of alSalam, a police officer said. The town is about 75 kilometers (47 miles) northeast of the capital and close to the city of Baqouba, a former al-Qaida stronghold that has seen scores of attacks during a nationwide spike in violence that has gripped Iraq for months. A separate attack in Baghdad’s northern Sab al-Bor neighborhood killed three and wounded 15 others when a bomb went off at an outdoor market, another police officer said. A sniper also killed a policeman at a checkpoint in the capital’s eastern Sadr City neighborhood, police said. In Baghdad’s western suburb of Abu Ghraib, a bomb hit a patrol of a pro-government, anti-al-Qaida militia, killing one

and wounding three others, a police officer said. The Sunni militia, known as the Awakening Council, was formed by U.S. forces in late 2007 to help fight insurgents. Four medical officials confirmed the causality figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media. Violence has spiked in Iraq since April, with the pace of killing reached levels unseen since 2008. Today’s attacks bring the death toll across the country this month to 46, according to an Associated Press tally. According to U.N. figures, more than 5,500 people have been killed since April. There was no immediate claim for responsibility for Wednesday’s attacks, but suicide and bomb attacks against security forces and outdoor markets are favorite tactics of al-Qaida’s local branch. The terror group has recently escalated its campaign of violence in order to thwart government efforts to maintain security.—AP

Thousands of Romanian teachers march for more pay BUCHAREST —Thousands of lei( $304) a month. teachers marched through Bucharest on Wednesday to demand better wages and working conditions and an end to political interference in education. Teachers whistled, blew horns and held banners during the march. Some yelled “Solidarity!” and “Without education, any nation will die!” They called upon the Romanian government to increase spending on education to 6 percent of the country’s GDP, more than double the current 2.5 percent. The European Union average is about 5 percent, unions say. Doru Vladoiu,a 64-yearold high school arts teacher who has been working for 25 years, said he earns just 1,000

Confronting al-Qaeda in Syria

“Without my mother ’s pension, she’s 88, I wouldn’t be able to manage on my salary.” he told The Associated Press. “Without help you can’t make it on your own. “ Unions are also calling for head teachers and principals to be appointed on merit and not on political criteria. A beginning teacher has a monthly salary of 700 lei ($217), less than half Romania’s average national salary. Many teachers give private lessons to supplement their income. The protest came after doctors and health workers marched through Bucharest on Saturday, calling for more spending on Romania’s ailing health care system.—AP



A Palestinian man sits on a beach in Gaza City.

Iran’s 840,000 Afghan refugees not forgotten: UNHCR T EHRAN —The UN High fled fighting in their home- ily are seen inside their home programmes for health, eduCommissioner for Refugees has “not forgotten” the 840,000 Afghan refugees in Iran, an official from the body said on a visit to Tehran on Tuesday. “The whole world is at the moment very much focused on the Syria crisis, it is also important that UNHCR show we have not forgotten the Afghan refugees,” UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Operations Janet Lim said. Lim was ending a threeday visit to the Islamic republic, home to the world’s largest community of Afghan refugees, some of whom first

EU execs back OK for genetically modified maize B RUSSELS —The European Union’s executive Commission is backing plans to cultivate a genetically modified maize despite the objections of environmental groups which considers it dangerous. Wednesday’s approval now sends the plans to approve Maize 1507 to the EU’s 28 member nations for consideration and could lead to a decision on the issue as soon as next month. EU member states have sharply diverging views on the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms commonly known as GMOs. The EU has strict guidelines on authorizing and informing consumers about foods containing GMOs a policy that has caused problems for producers of genetically modified seeds.—AP

Germany wants list of suspect Nazi art published B ERLIN —The German government says it favors releasing information on artworks seized from a Munich apartment that may have been taken decades earlier from people persecuted by the Nazis. But prosecutors investigating the surprising tax case have so far declined to provide even a partial list of the 1,400 artworks found in a private apartment in early 2012, citing their ongoing probe.—AP

land in the 1980s. With a budget of $60 million (45 million euros) for 2013, Lim said the UNHCR must “maximise the use of the minimum resources” that it has. She said Tehran had “contributed a lot in hosting this large number of refugees for more than 30 years”, but warned that Afghans are still deeply vulnerable, particularly when faced with costly medical care or when seeking work. View gallery.”An Afghan refugee family are seen inside their home … An Afghan refugee fam-

in the refugee camp of the Niatak, some three km … The UNHCR is trying to “target the most vulnerable” with its aid, Lim said, particularly with a new system of health insurance launched in late 2012, which has already provided care to 200,000 seriously ill refugees. Since the beginning of 2013, 6,400 Afghan refugees living in Iran have opted to return home, according to the UN body’s figures. Lim said every refugee who chooses voluntary repatriation will receive $150 from the UN, and will be able to take part in assistance

cation and employment. The UN agency’s representative in Iran, Bernard Doyle, said such initiatives were vital in helping Afghans return home. “When the conditions reach a certain level whereby people can return with some kind of insurance of having education, health, and most of all having an income, that’s when the tide turns,” Doyle said. Even 12 years after the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan remains the world’s leading country of origin for refugees.—AFP

Congo UN chief: Fight to now focus on other groups K INSHASA —After having said. defeated M23 rebels, Congolese government soldiers and United Nations troops will turn their attention to other armed groups who attack civilians, the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the central African country said We d n e s d a y. Martin Kobler said the Congolese army now has control over all the territory that had been held by M23, whose rebellion began in mineral-rich eastern Congo 19 months ago. On Tuesday, soldiers recaptured the last two hills and M23’s president released a statement declaring an end to its armed struggle. The demise of M23, though, still leaves a number of armed groups blamed for killing and raping civilians. “Armed groups should know that we’re not going to leave a void. We are going to respond with force against all threats to the civilian population,” Kobler

The greatest remaining threat comes from the FDLR, a group led by Rwandan Hutus who helped commit the 1994 genocide and later escaped to Congo, prompting a series of Tutsi rebellions including the latest one by M23. Among the issues to resolve now is the question of amnesty for M23 fighters and whether some will be integrated into the national army. Kobler, however, said “we have a very clear opinion that amnesty will not be granted to those who have committed serious abuses including war crimes and rape.” M23 emerged in the wake of another Tutsi rebellion known as the CNDP. A U.N. group of experts say help from neighboring Rwanda, whose president is also Tutsi, allowed the rebels to make further inroads in eastern Congo. By November 2012, they swept into Goma and briefly held

the city of 1 million people, only to retreat under international pressure. In the aftermath of the Goma siege, internal divisions mounted within M23. The group was substantially weakened after its leader Bosco Ntaganda turned himself in to face charges at the International Criminal Court earlier this year. Analysts said not only did the M23 rebels face a stronger, more competent Congolese army that received logistical support from U.N. forces that had stronger rules of engagement but that aid from Rwanda had substantially diminished during this latest round of clashes. Human Rights Watch has accused the M23 fighters of killing scores of civilians and forcibly recruiting child soldiers, among other abuses. Many of the group’s leaders are believed to have fled into neighboring Uganda and Rwanda.—AP

US gives $75 million more in aid to Palestinians B ETHLEHEM —U.S. Secre- is designed to boost Pales- ian leader Mahmoud Abbas. tary of State John Kerry says the United State will provide an additional $75 million in aid to create Palestinian jobs and help them improve roads, schools and other infrastructure. U.S. officials say the aid

tinian public support for faltering peace talks with Israel by showing them tangible benefits from the process. Kerry announced the aid on Wednesday in Bethlehem, where he is meeting Palestin-

Kerry met earlier Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. The new aid brings the U.S. contribution to a Palestinian infrastructure program to $100 million.—AP

ORMER Kuwaiti MP, active salafist and professor Dr. Walid al-Tabtabaie dared to attack the most extremist Islamist group operating in the Syrian conflict - the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). He said the group harmed Islam and aims to “replicate Iraq’s failed experience of resistance and repeat it in Syria.” He announced that the group, “through scenes of beheading and acts of murder against civilians, harms the pure revolution in Syria.” We have warned of extremist groups operating in Syria ever since videos of these groups emerged a year ago. These groups are planted by Syria and Iran to sabotage the revolution and spread chaos across the entire region. Since some people view everything as either black or white and think that whoever chants “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) is a loyal jihadist, Islamic groups and prominent figures accused us standing against al-Nusra Front and similar groups. Now, most of those who attack the ISIS and the al-Nusra Front are Islamic figures who actively provide aid to Syria and other places. Such figures include Sheikh Adnan al-Arour and Dr. Tabtabaie. They have reached the same conclusion - that not everyone who uses the Islamic narrative deserves respect and support. They have learnt the lesson they previously failed to understand in Afghanistan, and later in Iraq. It is a very important development to see people publically repudiating these dangerous extremist groups. We support their change of mind and their new positive stances. Through them, it will be possible to besiege the ISIS and similar groups and the Syrian revolution will be purged of what has befallen it. Whether it is pre-planned or it is a naive distortion, al-Qaeda will fail in Syria, just as it failed in Afghanistan, and it will be defeated in Pakistan just like it was defeated in Iraq after Sunni tribes fought against it. Extremist groups infiltrated the Syrian revolution a year after it erupted, particularly after they realized that this revolution is ideal when it comes to stirring the emotions of millions of Arabs and Muslims against the evil Syrian regime. Al-Qaeda, from the very beginning, hid behind Syrian, national and Islamic ideals in order to infiltrate Syrian territory. It also prevented its fighters from appearing in videos. After getting settled in Syria and after gathering thousands of fighters from different countries and collecting financial donations, it revealed its identity - that it is in fact al-Qaeda. Consequently, some began to adopt brave stances opposing it and calling for its boycott. In particular, such calls were made against the ISIS and other similar groups. Extremist groups infiltrated the Syrian revolution a year after it erupted, particularly after they realized that this revolution is ideal when it comes to stirring the emotions of millions of Arabs But, it must be noted that the Syrian regime is behind these groups. The Syrian regime was one of the first parties to sabotage the revolution by releasing into the fray al-Qaeda detainees it had previously used in the Iraq war. It knew that these men would be a successful weapon to intimidate both Western and Arab governments. During the past few months, and to the confusion of many, these organizations only fought the Free Syrian Army on behalf of the regime. After releasing dozens of videos in which these extremist groups bragged about beheading people, imposing restrictions on Syrian citizens, obstructing relief work and targeting Christians and houses of worship, the picture became clear. These are not rebels but terrorists.

The spies who came in from the cold


MID a brewing controversy over reports that the US was spying abroad, questions are being raised about what did President Barack Obama know and when did he find out? Obama himself declined comment Monday on when he first became aware of the National Security Agency’s surveillance of 35 foreign leaders. Citing the classified nature of the information, Obama said in an interview Monday that he wouldn’t comment on the Wall Street Journal’s reporting that he didn’t know about NSA’s surveillance of foreign leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel until earlier this year. “I’m not confirming a bunch of assumptions that have been made in the press,” Obama told Fusion, the ABC News and Univision cable channel that launched Monday. “But what I have said is that the national security operations generally, have one purpose, and that is to make sure the American people are safe and that I’m making good decisions, and I’m the final user of all the intelligence that they gather.” Obama’s comments came as Dianne Feinstein, Democratic chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that the president and her panel were not aware of the full scale of NSA’s spying on foreign leaders. Feinstein also said in a statement that the White House had told her that such data collection “will not continue.” “It is my understanding that President Obama was not aware Chancellor Merkel’s communications were being collected since 2002. That is a big problem,” she said. But White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declined Monday to confirm the Journal report and merely repeated the White House line that Merkel was not being monitored now and would not be in the future, without saying whether she had been targeted in the past. But Peter King, former Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told CNN that he “can’t believe that the president wouldn’t have known” more details on the extent of the NSA’s programs. “He certainly should have known and if he didn’t I think that’s almost more of a serious issue that something like that at that level would be conducted without him knowing it.” King suggested a significant failure within the administration if the president held negotiations with top foreign leaders without knowledge of the surveillance of their private phone calls. But King defended the NSA program, again urging the president to stop “apologizing” for the surveillance. —Courtesy Arabnews

The sickest places in the World STEPHEN LEAHY


XBRIDGE—Parts of Indonesia, Argentina and Nigeria are among the top 10 most polluted places on the planet, according to a new report by U.S. and European environmental groups. They are extraordinarily toxic places where lifespans are short and disease runs rampant among millions of people who live and work at these sites, often to provide the products used in richer countries. “People would be shocked to see the conditions under which their lovely jewelry is sometimes made,” said Jack Caravanos, director of research at the

New York-based Blacksmith Institute, an independent environmental group that released the list Monday in partnership with Green Cross Switzerland. In Kalimantan, Indonesia, local people extract gold using mercury, which is both poisonous and a potent neurotoxin. “They do this processing inside their homes, not realising the danger,” said Bret Ericson, senior project director of the Blacksmith Institute. Blacksmith has gone into those homes and measured mercury levels 350 times higher than what is considered safe, Ericson told IPS. This directly affects the health of 10 to 15 million

people, Ericson said. “It is also a huge source of mercury pollution worldwide.” Once released into the environment, mercury can end up in fish and other foods people eat anywhere on the planet. Low-cost, mercuryfree methods for gold mining do exist but this knowledge is not widespread, he said. The Top Ten Toxic Threats report is the latest in a series of annual reports documenting global pollution issues. The list is based on the severity of the health risk and the number of people exposed. Previous reports have documented that the disease burden of pollution is comparable in scope to tuberculosis or malaria, posing a threat to

200 million people. Globally, one-fifth of cancers and 33 percent of disease in children can be blamed on environmental exposures, but this is far higher in low income countries, the report notes. The Blacksmith Institute has conducted more than 3,000 initial risk assessments in 49 countries since the last list of polluted sites released by the two groups in 2007. Some sites listed in 2007, such as the lead battery recycling site in Haina, Dominican Republic, have been fully remediated. “The good news is countries like India have come to grips with their pollution problems,” said Ericson. India has imposed a “Clean Energy Cess” or coal tax to help fund

a clean energy fund of up to 400 million dollars which will inventory and clean up contaminated areas. However, one of the emerging issues around toxic hotspots are clusters of poorly-regulated small-scale industries now found in many countries. There are more than 2,000 industries along the Citarum River in Indonesia, contaminating an area 13,000 sq km in size with lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxins, the report found. “Clean-up is beginning thanks to a 500-million-dollar loan from the World Bank, but it will take a decade or more to complete,” said Ericson. Near Buenos Aires, Argentina an estimated 50,000

small-scale industries dump a toxic mix of chemicals and metals into the air, soil and water. At least 20,000 people living along the Matanza Riachuelo river are exposed to dangerous levels of toxins, the report shows. The World Bank is also funding a major clean-up, with Blacksmith providing technical support. Some toxic hotspots are so big and so badly polluted it will cost billions of dollars and take decades to clean up, said Stephan Robinson of Green Cross Switzerland. “There are places that will be on our list for many years,” Robinson told IPS. Russia has two of these. Russian authorities have fi-

nally acknowledged the issue and set aside three billion dollars to clean up Soviet-area legacy sites. One of these is Dzerzhinsk, a city of 300,000 people where chemical weapons like sarin, VX gas, mustard gas, and phosgene were manufactured for 50 years. At least 300,000 tonnes of waste from their manufacture were disposed of in the groundwater. Birth defects are very common and the average lifespan of residents has fallen to the low forties. The situation is similar in Siberia’s Norilsk region, where the world’s biggest nickel smelter has killed all the trees within a 30-km radius. “There has been lots of

talk about improving pollution controls in Norilsk but not much action,” said Robinson. A new site that will be on the list for years is the very polluted Niger Delta in Nigeria. Millions of barrels of oil have been spilled over the years and a U.N. study found two-thirds of the sites tested to be highly contaminated. Petroleum and its byproducts are very toxic, and when combined with poor nutrition, are a major unrecognised health threat for the 30 million people who live there, the report noted. The U.S. has been the major export destination for Nigerian oil. —Courtesy Inter Press Service

NA calls for talks with US

Khan Hasham Bin Saddique promoted as Vice Admiral STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Commander Pakistan Fleet Rear Admiral Khan Hasham Bin Saddique has been promoted to the rank of vice admiral. Vice Admiral Khan Hasham Bin Saddique joined Pakistan Navy on 1st January 1978 and was commissioned in 1980. He has illustrious career with wide ranging experience of field, staff and command appointments in PN as well as in the joint services organizations. He has commanded Pakistan Navy Ship Shahjahan, Maritime Operations Training Complex (PNS Bahadur), Pakistan Naval Academy, Pakistan Navy War College and National Security College (NDU) Islamabad. In addition the Flag Officer has also served as ACNS (Plans), Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Admin), Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations). He also held the command of Multinational Maritime Task Force (CTF 150) at HQ US NAVCENT Bahrain. The officer undertook initial training at Britannia Royal Naval College UK and won the Sword of Honour as best All round graduate. He did his Masters in Joint warfare and War studies from Quaid-e-Azam University, MSc in Operations Research from USA and M Phil from NDU Islamabad in National Security. The officer has also qualified many professional courses including Surface Warfare Course from USA, Long Communication Course, Joint Services Staff Course and Armed Forces War course from NDU. In recognition of his meritorious services Vice Admiral Hasham has been decorated with Hilal e Imtiaz Military.

NAB moves reference against ex-PM Raja Ashraf From Page 1 was filed in Accountability Court include former secretary Ministry Water and Power (MoWP) and ex-chairman Pepco Shahid Rafi, ex-additional secretary MoWP Sheikh Zarrar Aslam, ex-MD/CEO Pepco Engineer Tahir Basharat Cheema, ex-directors Pepco Board of Directors (BoD) Malik Muhammad Razi Abbas and Wazir Ali Bhayo, ex-GM Wapda Power Privatisation Organization (WPPO), CEO Central Power Generation Company Ltd (CPGCL), Tariq Nazir, ex-CEO CPGCL Abdul Malik Memon and ex-MD Pepco Rasool Khan Mahsud. The decision of filing the supplementary reference against former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was taken after he failed to satisfy the investigation team of NAB in his three appearances. The issue was referred to former chairman NAB Admiral (R) Fasih Bokhari who kept the issue in the cupboard and was pending since then.According to sources, the NAB investigation team that probed the multi-billion scam has found the involvement of former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in all the 12 references that was being framed in multi-billion RPPs scam and a supplementary reference would be filed against him.—Online

Members Assembly call on Shahbaz OBSERVER REPORT L AHORE —Members of National and Provincial Assembly hailing from various districts called on Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here Wednesday and apprised him of the development projects and problems of their respective areas. Talking to Assembly members, Shahbaz Sharif said that they should keep a close liaison with the masses besides paying special attention to resolution of their problems. The assembly members included, Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, Sardar Muhammad Jamal Khan Leghari, Sh Aftab Ahmad, Muhammad Akbar Hayat Hiraj, Ch Mohsin Ashraf, Qaiser Abbas Magsi & Muhammad Afzal Gul.

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar meeting with Christian Friis Bach, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation on Wednesday.

Govt not discharging its obligations From Page 1 bomb. At the inception of hearing of the case Managing Director (MD) NTDC Zargham Ishaq, Attorney General (AG) and other officers appeared in the court. CJP remarked “ there are two issues which have to be discussed. There is matter of hike in the prices. First power tariff was increased and then the tariff was withdrawn and it was again issued. We have reviewed different provisions in this regard. NEPRA chairman can appoint his counsel if he wills so because replies to several important questions are required. When NEPRA determines the prices once and IPPs and power produces are not included therein then how the government can make request. You can not do so in normal circumstance that you may increase and decrease the tariff at your sweet will. How much electricity is being generated in the field. How much relief is being extended to the people. The previous loan has been repaid and what benefit it has provided. Counsel to NEPRA argued that revised tariff was issued on December, 13, 2013 and later new tariff was issued on October 10, 2013 under court’s orders. Rashid Kasuri read out the court’s decision. CJP remarked “ tell us about NEPRA. What you have done so far. You fixed the tariff on August, 5, 2013 first and you hiked it. Tell us what role has been played by the stakeholders therein. Counsel to NEPRA presented the notification issued with reference to power tariff saying NEPRA determines power tariff. CJP remarked “ you have to defend your side. But tell us the law under which you have enhanced the tariff. Rashid Kasuri read out the notification. CJP remarked “ It is the government and not you which has to make all collections as per law. Parliament enacts law and the matters run in accordance with it. If you increase

levy even then you will have to seek support from law. CJP observed only parliament can impose taxes. Counsel told the court “ tax will be levied to the consumers in the same proportion they consume the electricity. CJP observed “ what procedure NEPA holds for reviewing or maintaining the tariff. Counsel said “ If NEPRA asks for levying any tariff, government can ask NEPRA within 15 days to revise the tariff. Government loses this power after lapse of 15 days and tariff stands implemented automatically. CJP inquired “ if you have to accept the government directives in the determination of tariff then powers vested with you to regulate the things will go where. If you have to get dictation then your role as regulator stands where. Counsel said government has no role in determination of tariff. CJP remarked “ you will do whatever government says to you. Counsel said “ Objective of the authority is to protect the rights of the consumers. We don’t accept any directive against the consumers even if government wills. No one has come to us to seek review of the tariff. NEPRA only determines the tariff. Government wants court’s orders are implemented. CJP remarked “ prices have again been increased. You did well that you helped the people. But at the same time you increased the cost. Tariff was to be decreased. There seems to be no difference existing between the both of the notifications. It is jugglery. Money is going out of the pocket of consumers. You were to hear to consumer as well. It is wrong to say that tariff has decreased. Justice Jawwad remarked “ subsidy is given following the failure in cubing power stealing. CJP remarked “ these seem to be political matters. You are found all set in providing relief to whosoever is causing loss. Justice Jawwad remarked

“ an honest person pays the bill with all honesty and the other is stealing the electricity. You are backing him up by giving more money. Honest people are punished. Subsidy is given out of money collected from people too. CJP remarked government is earning bad name on political grounds. Government has become Nek Parveen by allowing benefit on political considerations. CJP further remarked “ NEPRA tells “ Hakoomat Nama “ on PTV. It should tell “ Gharib Nama” some time also that what it is going to do with the poor masses. Why you do you work hiding yourself behind the SC. As to why you don’t give decision as per law. Justice Jawwad remarked “ Robin Hood extracted money from the pockets of the rich and gave it to the poor but the matters here are reverse. CJP remarked “we can not insist the government to provide subsidy to the consumers. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja has remarked “ tariff has been increased due to certain act of government and not due to NEPRA. Rashdin Kasuri opened his arguments after interval. CJP asked him to give in writing that NEPRA does not increase the tariff. Azhar Siddique said he wanted to talk about the NEPRA powers. He wants that people may also be heard. Eversince NEPRA has come to existence, how a common man will go PCO Awari hotel. CJP remarked the matter of increasing the tariff is being heard since 2009. You take decision without the participation of the people therein. CJP remarked “ you are giving benefit to the companies which are not collecting bills. Benefit should not be given to the companies which are not working properly. CJP remarked power stealing should be stopped now. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked “ circular debt burden will remain as it is if power stealing is not stopped. The court adjourned the hearing of the case till today.—Online

Musharraf released from sub-jail the edge of Islamabad, where he was placed under house arrest in April, because of serious threats to his life. His name is currently on the interior ministry’s ECL, which means he cannot leave Pakistan without the approval of the government. The former president was arrested last month in the murder case of Abdul Rasheed Ghazi and his mother Sahib Khatoon. They were killed during an operation on the mosque in 2007.

Nisar denies From Page 1 minister told the assembly. Chaudhry Nisar’s statement came in response to the ongoing saga in the Senate where opposition members accused him of providing wrong figures and turning the matter into an ego issue by refusing to retract the statistics. In his response, the Interior Minister said he was ready for accountability, adding that his code in the House was according to the norms of the Parliament. Nisar called for the formation of a committee consisting of opposition members to probe the conduct on that particular day.—INP

From Page 1 His arrest in the case came five weeks after Ghazi’s son Haroon Rasheed registered the murder charge against him with Aabpara police in Rawalpindi. His arrest had come just a day after he was given bail in the last of three major cases against him dating back to his 1999-2008 rule. The former president returned to Pakistan in March to run in the May general election, vowing to “save” the country from economic collapse and militancy. But he was barred from contesting the election, won convincingly by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif the man he ousted from power in 1999 and was hit with a series of criminal cases dating back to his rule. The ex-ruler has been living in part of his 1,100 square metre (12,000 square foot) house, declared a “sub-jail” under the auspices of a prison in Rawalpindi. He is guarded by some 300 police, paramilitaries and marksmen. Reports have claimed he is enjoying a comfortable life in detention. He has even had the services of his personal cook because of his fears of being poisoned. The Taliban have threatened to kill Musharraf, who as presi-

dent allied Pakistan with Washington in the US “war on terror” in the wake of the Sept 11 attacks. The District & Session Judge Islamabad, Wajid Ali on Nov 04 had approved former President’s bail plea against surety bonds of 100,000 rupees in Abdur-Rasheed murder case. It has been written in his release orders that petitioners could not bring solid proves that can prove Musharraf’s indictment in offence. “Statements of witnesses based upon speculations that cannot enjoy legal status,” court wrote in its orders. According to court orders, record of case reveals that responsibility of military operation could not be imposed upon Musharraf as no any witness presented himself before investigation officer personally and Joint Investigation Team (JIT) declared former president innocent in its report. Ahmed Raza Kasuri, senior lawyer and counsel for the former military dictator, said that Musharraf’s release was not part of any deal and the ex-president would address a “historic press conference” after his release from the sub-jail. He claimed that fake cases were fabricated against his client (Pervez Musharraf).

Nato tanker torched From Page 1 was so far no claim of responsibility for the attack. In a separate unrelated incident, a woman and her three children were wounded in a land mine explosion in restive resource-rich Dera Bugti district Wednesday morning. Spokesman for the Frontier Corps (FC) paramilitary force, Khan Wasay, said the woman and her children were walking on the road when they hit a land mine in Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti. “The hapless woman and her children are critically injured,” Wasay said. The injured were rushed to Sui for medical treatment. FC personnel reached the spot and started investigation into the incident. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack. FC personnel also defused an eightkilogram explosive device at Misri Goth area of Sui.—AP

PM reviews youth program From Page 1 briefed regarding all the features of the Youth Program and it was informed that so far around half million feedbacks / suggestions have been received from the general public, of which practicable suggestions have been included in the program. The Prime Minister’s Youth Program comprises of Six (06) Schemes including QarzeHassana (Micro Interest-Free Loans), Small Business Loans, Youth Training Scheme, Youth Skills Development Scheme, Provision of Laptops and Scheme for Reimbursement of Fee for Students of less developed areas. The Prime Minister directed that 50 % loans should be reserved for women in the Micro Interest-Free Loans scheme and the procedure for acquiring loans should be made simple with shortest possible time for release. Moreover, the Prime Minister directed that youth from less developed areas including Ba-lochistan, GilgitBaltistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir be given priority in these schemes, and 100% transparency and merit be ensured. Prime Minister was apprised that initially 0.25 million youth would be pro-vided with the loans and One Hundred Thousand Laptops would be provided when the Laptop scheme is launched in January 2014. Prime Minister said that the Government wants to provide various opportuni-ties to the youth including skilled education, trainings, employment and schol-arships so that they could contribute positively in all fields.

SC gives one week time to govt From Back Page Muslim heard the case. During the hearing, the chief justice said the issue of Rs62 billion USF fund is still unresolved, and many questions are being raised over the issue. He observed that according to Trust Act, this money will have to be put into some beneficial business. He said the court should be informed where are Rs62 billion belonging to the poor people of the country. PTA’s lawyer Ali Raza told the court that PTA’s acting chairman has been appointed. The court sought notification of the PTA chairman’s appointment on the next hearing.—INP

Pakistan today is facing lawlessness and instability due to the US war against terrorism. Makhdoom Javed Hashmi said the war on terrorism was imposed on Pakistan whose adverse effects are being witnessed in Karachi, Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa. He said it is the responsibility of the government to protect the sovereignty and integrity of Pakistan. He pointed out that Pakistan is an important regional player and the Afghan issue cannot be sorted out without its cooperation. Iftikhar-ur-Din said the drone attacks are continuing for the last ten to twelve years and we do not see their end in the near future. He said Pakistan is an independent country and United States should respect its sovereignty. Sahibzada Tariqullah said the 9th September All Parties Conference had mandated to the government to hold talks with the Taliban but regretfully the recent drone attack spoiled this process. He said Pakistan should evolve an independent foreign policy keeping in view its own interests. He said there is a need to address root causes of extremism and militancy. Mahmood Khan Achakzai said peace process should be followed for bringing peace and stability in the country. He said he is ready to go to FATA along with a group of political leaders and journalists to

From Page 1 start efforts for revival of peace in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Responding to a point of order raised by Leader of the Opposition, Syed Khursheed Shah about the boycott of proceedings of Senate by the opposition, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said he has rechecked the figures regarding casualties in KhyberPakhtunkhwa due to acts of terrorism, with the KhyberPakhtunkhwa government, which has maintained that the figures are correct. He said a committee should be constituted to check the conduct of the opposition members in the House on the day he gave these figures. The Interior Minister said that his conduct in the House has been according to the norms of Parliament and he has never uttered any un-parliamentary word or ridiculed anybody in the Upper House. He said he is fully accountable and answerable to the elected House. Responding to the point of order of MQM leader Dr. Farooq Sattar, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the government is closely watching and monitoring the ongoing targeted operation in Karachi. He said the recent incidents ahead of Muharram-ul-Haram were a conspiracy but we are determined to control the situation. We are fully aware of those

Treasury, Opposition From Page 1 and befooling the masses. “We were forced to hold this session after the government closed its doors upon us,” Aitzaz said. He said the government is not prepared to listen to the demands to the opposition. Meanwhile, he told media persons outside the Parliament House that Chaudhry Nisar will have to set aside his ego. He clarified that the opposition was not demanding an apology from the interior minister, rather he should withdraw the wrong statement. He said the opposition believes in peaceful protest. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali also arrived at the protest camp but left within few minutes. Meanwhile, the treasury also held a session of the Senate inside the Parliament House. PPP’s Nayyer Hussain Bokhari chaired the government’s Senate session. The government faced problems for meeting the quorum. The treasury session of

the Senate continued for only half an hour, while the opposition session in the open air continued for almost two hours. It is worth mentioning that a war of words broke out between Rabbani and Nisar on October 30 after Nisar presented figures of casualties from terrorist attacks – stats which were swiftly challenged by an ANP senator who called them a “pack of lies”. PPP senator Aitzaz Ahsan further asked the interior minister to take back the statistics and return with correct numbers. Nisar remained unmoved in his seat and this response triggered a heated altercation among the members of the two benches. Later, the opposition parties turned irritated and started protest in the Senate over confusing data provided by Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and finally staged walk out of the upper house of parliament complaining against misbehavior of the Interior Minister.—INP

behind these incidents which are not related to Shia-Sunni differences. He said the Karachi operation is continuing successfully with the cooperation of all political parties including MQM. He said the federal government is extending all possible support to the provincial government for maintenance of law and order in the provincial capital. He said he will meet with the delegation of MQM on Saturday to address their concerns. Ghazi Gulab Jamal appreciated the government efforts for peace process. He said the entire nation was on the same page about dialogue process but regretfully an attempt was made to derail it through the drone attack. This, he said, clearly indicates that some forces do not want peace and tranquility in the country. Rising on a point of order, Leader of the Opposition, Syed Khurshid Shah referred to the protest of the Opposition in the Senate and said the Prime Minister should intervene and go to the House to settle the issue. He said the opposition in the Senate has been boycotting the proceedings for the last nine days. He said the Interior Minister should demonstrate flexibility and fulfill the demand of the opposition regarding the number of casualties occurred in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa due to acts of terrorism. The session has been adjourned till Thursday morning 10:30 am.—Online

EU Parliament approves GSP Plus for Pakistan From Back Page come into effect from 1st of January 2014. In a statement issued here the Spokesman said that in the run up to the voting in the Trade Committee, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Embassies abroad, in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce, ran a focused campaign to enlist support by the EU Governments and members of European Parliament. Foreign Office Spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry stated here that European Union was Pakistan’s key partner in peace and development. The approval of the GSP Plus reflects the commitment of the European Union to its relations with Pakistan. We are grateful to all European institutions and members of the Parliament for their support on the GSP Plus.—Online

Egypt court rejects Muslim Brotherhood appeal on ban

Man kills parents K ARACHI —A wicked man on Wednesday killed his parents in Orangi Town area of the city. According to the Orangi Town police, the accused, who killed his parents, has been arrested. Police said that during investigation, the accused said that there were ‘jinns’ in his house and they compelled him to kill his parents. The 22-year-old killer identified as Adnan confessed to killing his parents with scissors. The police said further interrogation was underway.—INP

Fazl hints at understanding with Imran Khan I SLAMABAD —Chief of JUI (F) Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that he has no personal enmity with the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan but only ideological differences which could be overcome. Talking to media persons here on Wednesday, Maulana Fazlur Rehman hinted at rapprochement with the PTI chief by saying that personally they have respect and regard for each other. In reply to a question, Fazl said that the recent drone strikes have created impediments in peace efforts. He however said the government was serious in dialogue process with the Taliban. He demanded that the prime minister should take all the parliamentary parties into confidence about the new developments.—INP

Land grabbers bail approved I S L A M A B A D —Additional session court Islamabad Wednesday approved interim bail four accused including Muhammad Afzal Khokhar in land grabbing case. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Raja Ali Akbar and Abdul Rehman were arrested under the accusation of grabbing 125 canal land. The court approved bail pleas of accused against surety bonds of 100,000 rupees each. Koral police registered case of land grabbing against the accused on application of Maulana Ishtiaq-us-Salikeen who claimed that three accused grabbed his land.—Online

Sindh to sack 12,000 LG employees KARACHI—The government of Sindh has decided to sack 12,000 employees of local government who are said to have been appointed against departmental rules. According to sources, last year, thousands of employees from Grade 1-15 were appointed while setting aside rules and regulations. The minister for local government Awais Muzaffar had also ordered to conduct an inquiry into the matter. —INP

C AIRO —Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood failed in an attempt on Wednesday to overturn a court ruling banning it, the state news agency said, another blow to the debilitated Islamist movement. A court in September outlawed the Brotherhood after the army overthrew President Mohamed Morsi in July following mass protests against his rule. The case against his Brotherhood was brought by a lawyer from the leftist Tagammu party, which cited the need to protect Egyptians from violence. It accompanied a campaign by security forces to crush the Islamist movement in which hundreds of its memSWAT: Pakistan Army soldiers taking part in a search operation in the mountainous border of Swat and Buner after bers have been killed, thoureports of presence of militants in the area. sands arrested, and its leaders, including Mursi, put on trial. Wednesday’s decision was another political blow to the group. “In its scheduled session today, the Cairo Urgent Cases court dismissed an appeal raised by the Muslim Brotherhood to stop the I SLAMABAD —International execution of the previ-ous Jamil, some persons in plain try of defence expressed its I SLAMABAD —Justice Saqib Trade Committee of EuroNisar has remarked no one clothes lifted him on January, ignorance when it was con- pean Parliament, Wednesday, can be picked up illegally and 18, 2011. Some people came tacted. approved the Single DelLetter was sent to minis- egated Act aimed to give the intelligence agencies up to home in the evening and should discharge their duties said they wanted to collect try of defence and help was greater trade access to ten some belongings of Hafiz Jamil sought from them. Ministry of countries, including Pakistan as per law. defence has replied it is look- under the Generalized He gave these remarks from the roof top. They took away two bags ing into the matter seriously Scheme of Preferences (GSP while heading a two member’s bench of Supreme Court (SC) with them. When they were and letters have been sent to Plus). during the course of Hfiz Jamil traced out then as per their 25 detention centers and they According to Foreign DUBAI—Gunmen shot dead a missing person case here mobile phone the office of an will come to know about Hafiz Office Spokesman the Single public prosecutor and his intelligence agency located in Jamil from therein. Wednesday. Delegated Act will now be driver in southeastern Iran on The hearing of the case approved by the European Wednesday, Iranian media Additional Attorney Gen- G-9/4 was identified. But poeral (AAG) told the court that lice is not allowed to go there. was adjourned for two Parliament in December 2013. said, less than two weeks afTariq Khokhar said minis- weeks.—Online as per family members of Hafiz After approval by the Euro- ter militants killed 14 Iranian pean Parliament, the Act will border guards nearby and Tehran retaliated by hanging Continued on Page 7 16 prisoners. The gunmen shot dead Appointment of public prosecutor Musa Nouri and his driver as he was on chairman PTA his way to work, Iranian news agencies said. The pair was KANDAHAR—Afghan police “martyred in a hail of bullets say they have found the bodfrom Kalashnikov rifles”, Fars ies of seven soldiers, believed news agency quoted the demands are not met. On TuesO BSERVER REPORT to have been killed by their province’s chief justice Ibraday, three ASWJ activists, Taliban captors in a southern KARACHI—Ahle Sunnat Wal Mufti Tariq, Mohammad Jan province. The police say the Jamaat (ASWJ) staged a sit-in and Raza Gul, and three sup- I SLAMABAD —The Supreme bodies were found on at Regal Chowk in Karachi porters, Ayaz, Yar Mohammad Court on Wednesday gave Wednesday on the outskirts against targeted killings of its and Ramzan, were shot down one week time to the governof the provincial capital of party members and supporters, in Karachi in separate incidents. ment for the appointment of chairman Pakistan Telecomsouthern Zabul province. on Wednesday. Deceased Mufti Tariq was munication Authority (PTA) Police chief Ghulam Sakhi The rally started from a religious scholar, while says the seven Afghan Na- Lasbela and ended at Regal Mohammad Jan was the and referred the matter to the tional Army soldiers disap- Chowk where ASWJ activists Moazzin at the Muqaddas Secretary Cabinet. A three-member bench of ISLAMABAD—The country’s peared while travelling from staged a sit-in while party lead- Masjid near Kala Pul. Raza Gul southern Kandahar province ers made speeches calling for was a senior activist of the the apex court headed by 50 percent population supJustice Iftikhar ported the present governto their homes in neighboring the arrest of those involved in ASWJ. Karachi Police Chief Chief Zabul a week ago. A f g h a n the killings. The party leaders Shahid Hayat had said that Muhammad Chaudhry and ment, with 49 percent forces have taken over the se- said they would stage sit-ins at those who carried out the tar- comprising Justice Jawwad S favouring the opposition and 60 percent favouring the Nacurity of the country ahead of the Governor House and the geted attacks were identified Khawaja and Amir Hani tional Assembly, according to the 2014 withdrawal of US and Chief Minister House if their and would be arrested. Continued on Page 7 the findings of latest survey Nato combat troops.—AP

No one can be picked up illegally: SC

order banning the activities of the group,” state news agency MENA reported. Since Morsi’s overthrow Egypt has become fiercely divided, with state media lionising the military and police for the crackdown and his supporters fre-quently protesting in the streets. The military-installed government has promised new elec-

tions next year which foreign governments say must include all political factions to mark a credible return to democracy. The court ruling indi-cated the Brotherhood was likely to be excluded. Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, faces charges of inciting violence. His trial began on Monday and was adjourned by a judge to early January.—AP

EU Parliament approves GSP Plus for Pakistan

Gunmen kill state prosecutor in Iran’s Sistan province

Bodies of seven Afghan soldiers found

ASWJ stages sit-in against killings of its activists

SC gives one week time to govt

him Hamidi as saying. “The assassination is likely the result of enforcing justice in the province,” another Fars news report quoted Ra-jabali Sheikhzadeh, deputy governor of Sistan-Balochistan province, as say-ing. The killings, in the city of Zabol, near to where the borders of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan meet, come at a time of heightened tension in the region as separatist Sunni militants step up attacks on officially Shia Iran. Heavily armed drug smugglers are also active in the re-

gion. Fourteen Iranian border guards were killed and at least three others captured in an attack in Sistan-Balochistan on the border with Pakistan on Oct 25. The previously little known group Jaish ul-Adl said it had car-ried out the attack. Iranian judges in the provincial capital responded by hanging 16 people they called terrorists the next day. The killing of a public prose-cutor soon after the reprisal executions appears to mark a further escalation of the vio-lence.—Reuters

50 percent people support present govt: IRI Survey conducted during August 126, 2013 by the International Republican Institute (IRI). The survey by IRI, which works for advancement of democracy worldwide, is a national representative sample of adults from 70 districts in all

provinces, excluding FATA and Chitral. Male, female, illiterate and educated respondents from different income groups were included in the surveys who were asked questions on key areas relating to democracy, elections, etc.—APP

Denmark stresses Pakistan’s critical role in regional stability Danish minister launches new development programme for Pakistan; Nawaz government striving for peace and development: Fatimi ASHRAF ANSARI I SLAMABAD —The Danish minister for development cooperation Dr. Christian Friis Bach launched Pakistan development Programme 2013-2016 here Wednesday. Addressing a seminar marking the launch of Denmark’s new development programme for Pakistan, he said, his country considers Pakistan highly important in respect of promoting peace and security in the region. He said, Denmark believes that security and development are interdependent as each is dependent on the other. It is in line with this concept that Denmark has been trying to make its contribu-

tion to development efforts of Pakistan. He said, the Danish development programme for Pakistan is aimed at helping this country in the fields of infrastructure and human rights with focus on education, health, gender equality, democracy and good governance. However he said, Denmark is also ready to promote investments and trade. The Danish minister urged Pakistan to remain fully conscious of the need to protect natural environment in the process of industrial development. He thought that Pakistan could learn something from Denmark in its pursuit of environment protection. The Danish minister was happy to note that Pakistan was trying o consolidate

ISLAMABAD: Denmark Minister for Development Cooperation Dr Christian Friis Bach talking to media during the launching ceremony of new development program for Pakistan 2013-2016, worth $ 50 million for democratic development, regional stability, human rights and gender equality. Special Assistant to Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi and Dr Moeed Pirzada are also seen in the picture.—PO Photo by Sultan Bashir

democratic system and was aware of the importance of social sector development. The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Tariq Fatimi in his address to the seminar highlighted present government efforts to meet the economic and security challenges faced by the country. He said, Pakistan is aware of the fact that there could be no socio-economic development in the country without ensuring peace and security not only at home but also in Afghanistan. He said, the government has been making sustained efforts to promote peace and overcome the menace of terrorism. Pakistan fully supports reconciliation process in Afghanistan. It wants the process to be led by Afghani-

stan itself. He said, Pakistan was also following policy of dialogue with India. Fatimi said, the present government is focusing attention on promoting education and health sectors. Pakistan intends to increase budget allocation to 4% in the coming years. He appreciated Denmark’s development assistance as well as its donations in during natural calamities. Ambassador Jesper MØller SØrensen told Pakistan Observer that Denmark and Pakistan enjoy a solid and positive partnership. He believed that with Denmark’s new development cooperation programme the bilateral relationship would be strengthened even further.

Young men may have unrecognized eating disorders


ATING disorders are most often asso ciated with young women, but a new study suggests young men can also become obsessed with their appearance and go to extremes to enhance their bodies. The problem can resemble a traditional eating disorder or involve use of drugs and supplements, according to U.S. researchers, and it tends to go along with depression, binge drinking and recreational drugs. “The results of our studies would suggest we need to be thinking more broadly about eating disorders and consider males as well,” Alison Field, the study’s lead author, said. She is an associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital. Classical eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, in which a person refuses to eat, and bulimia nervosa, in which someone binge-eats then purges through vomiting or laxative use. “For a lot of males, what they’re striving for is different than females,” Field said. “They’re probably engaged in something different than purging.” It has been estimated that one in every 10 cases of an eating disorder occurs in men. For the new study, Field and her colleagues used survey responses collected between 1999 and 2011 to see what concerns teenage boys had about their bodies. Field’s team also wanted to know if eating disorders were tied to later unhealthy behaviors, such as drug and alcohol use. The surveys were answered every one to

three years by 5,527 boys who were between ages 12 and 18 at the start of the study in 1999. The researchers found that 31 percent of the teens had - at some point - binged on food or purged. About 9 percent reported a high level of concern with their body’s muscularity and about 2 percent were both concerned about muscularity and had used some type of supplement, growth hormone derivative or anabolic steroid to enhance it. Use of those products rose to about 8 percent when the researchers looked just at 16 to 22 year olds. “The results from this study would suggest that males who are extremely concerned about their physiques are doing or using things that may or may not be healthy,” Field said. “There are a whole range of products available online that we don’t know if they’re healthy or not,” she said. “We know when a lot of them are tested, they’re not what they’re marketed to be.” Those young men who used enhancement products were also more likely than their peers to binge drink and use drugs, the researchers found.In her mind, Field said the behavior of those young men could be the male equivalent of binge-and-purge disorders, because they’re using the products to alter their bodies. About 6 percent of the young men surveyed said that in addition to muscularity, they were also concerned about their thinness.Overall, though, young men were more likely to be focused on muscularity and that concern increased with age.

Security officials patrolling during flag-march to develop the sense of protection among citizens during Muharram.

NPC celebrates Mah-i-Iqbal at Aiwan-i-Quaid CITY REPORTER

Iranian Ambassador, Ali Reza Haghighian called on President Mamnoon Hussain at Aiwane-Sadr on Wednesday.

Dars-e-Quran in Faisal Masjid CITY REPORTER

Pakistan values relations with Iran

ISLAMABAD—Dawa Academy of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) has organized Dars-e-Quran in connection with the inception of new Islamic year at Faisal Masjid here. The President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al Draiweesh, DG Maktabatu Dawa, Saudi Arabia Muhammad Saad bin AlDoussri, DG Rabta Aalm-eIslami Muhammad Abdho Ateen were the chief guest and Dr. Misbah ur Rehman delivered key address on the occasion. In his address Dr. Al Draiweesh said, the purity in actions is key requisite of success, it should a part of our dealings of daily life.

CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—President Mamnoon Hussain has said that Pakistan greatly values its relations with Iran and wants to further expand them particularly in trade and economic fields. He was talking to the Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan, Ali Reza Haghighian who called on him at Aiwan-eSadr. The President said that relations between the two countries are deeply rooted in their historical, cultural

and religious commonalities. He stressed the need for further strengthening bilateral equation especially trade and economic ties for the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries and the region. The ambassador conveyed to the President the greetings and good wishes of the Iranian leadership. The President thanked the ambassador for his gesture and conveyed his good wishes to the newly elected Iranian President and the people of Iran.

Newly elected office bearers of student’s council after oath taking ceremony at OPF Girls College.

ISLAMABAD—The Mah-i-Iqbal Celebrations by Nazriya Pakistan Council are in full swing at Aiwan-i-Quaid to pay homage to the great poet of East by spreading his message among various segments of society. Today the programme will feature major event of the month long celebrations, a national seminar on “Iqbal Aur Milli Yakjehti”, at 4:00 pm to be presided over by Zahid Malik Chairmain NPC. Sardar Atique Ahmad Khan former PM AJ & K and Khalid Nazir Sufi nephew of Allama Iqbal will be the chief guests. Eminent scholars and experts on Iqbaliat including Prof. Dr. Anees Ahmad, Prof. Khursheed Ahmad, Tariq Mehmud Pirzada, Prof. Dr. Zia-ul-Haq, Dr. Nabeel Fauli Misri and Prof. Dr. Ayub Sabir will present papers on the works and services of the great poet. As a part of the Mah-i-Iqbal Celebrations, a singing competition of Kalam-e-Iqbal among students of higher secondary classes from the twin cities held on Nov. 6, wherein 26 students from 20 educational institutes participated with great enthusiasm rendering various poems of Allama Iqbal in their melodious voices. The event was presided over by Mrs. Farrukh Khan, Senior member of the NPC Executive Committee while Senator Razina Alam another NPC Executive Committee Member, was the Chief Guest and Nasim Ahmad Usmani and Sheikh Mukhtar Ahmad Islahi were the guests of honour. Anjum Khaleeq of NPC conducted the proceedings. The panel of judges comprising Wafa Chishti, Ali Yasir and Nasir Fareed, adjudged Mahnoor Gul and Tayyaba of Govt. Special Education School for Blind Shams Abad, for the first prize and Maria Kanwal of Al-Maqtoom School for Special Children for the second while Zain and Robinson of Islamabad Model School for Boys F-6/2 won the third prize.

Islamabad police conducts flag march CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Police along with contingents of Pakistan Rangers on Wednesday conducted flag march with an objective to maintain peace and tranquility in the city during Muharram ul Haram. The flag march was conducted under the supervision of ASP Industrial Area Shakir Ahmed Shahid which was participated by SDPOs, SHOs of all police stations, personnel of Pakistan Rangers, Islamabad Traffic Police, Police Commandoes, Rescue 15 police officials and police patrolling officials. Flag march started from Pakistan Sports Complex and cul-

minated at the same point after passing through Dhokri Chowk, Rawal Dam Chowk, Shehzad town, Taramri Chowk, Lehtrar road, Khana Pul, Koral Chowk, Express Highway, Faizabad, I8 Markaz, I-9 Markaz, I-10 Markaz, I-10/1, Police Line Road, G-10, F-11, F-10 Markaz, G-6/2 and Aabpara. IGP Islamabad Sikandar Hayat has said that Islamabad police have ensured detailed security arrangements for Muharram-ul-Haram. He said that police would accomplish responsibility in an efficient manner to ensure protection to lives and property of citizens. He also directed to launch an effective search op-

eration within their jurisdictions including slum areas where most of the inhabitants are Afghans. SSP Islamabad Muhammad Rizwan has said that purpose of this flag march is to show preparations of police and other law enforcement agencies during the Muhram ul Haram to counter any challenge and maintain peace in the city. He also directed all the SDPOs and the SHOs to make effective security arrangements in this regard in their respective areas. He added that Islamabad Police would maintain a close liaison with peace committees and organizers of Muharram majalis and processions.

3 Star Ratings–Congratulations to CIIT & Pakistan CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—COMSATS Institute of Information Technology organized a Press conference in Sheesh Mehal Hall 1 of Serena Hotel on 6th November 2013 to announce its numerous achievements from inception todate. The Head International Office, Dr. Arshad Malik, highlighted the salient features of the achievements. According to HEC’s rank-

ing, CIIT ranks at number 4 and number 3 in Pakistan among general universities and in international research publications respectively. More recently an international ranking agency, QS Organization, which carries out world universities ranking, has carried out an independent analysis of various aspect of activities of CIIT and awarded THREE STARS (out of a total of FIVE) and out of a total about

8-9 categories earned a perfect score of FIVE OUT OF FIVE in as many as three categories of TEACHING; FACILITIES; and ENGAGEMENT. The award was announced during a QS conference held in Seoul, South Korea on November 1st, 2013. It may be important to note that COMSATS Institute is the first ever higher education institution in Pakistan who earned this coveted star rating.

Senior academicians from Ball State University visit NUML CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—A group of three senior Professors from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, USA held a detailed discussion session with faculty members of different departments at National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad. The three members of the group including Professor Dr Lawrence H. Gerstein, Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Dr Michael Doyle, Associate Professor Department of History, Professor Dr Maria Staton, English Linguistics and Literature, are presently visiting Pakistan to look into the possibilities of academic collaboration with Pakistani universities and academic institutions. The group members held group discussion sessions with the faculty members of different departments including English Studies, Pakistan Studies, History and International Relations- Peace and Conflict Studies (IR-PCS) of NUML and explained the scope and perspectives of different departments of their university. Dr Lawrence told that “At Ball State, we’re more than just educators, we’re educational entrepreneurs. Combining topflight talent with the top-notch resources we have to offer, our students and faculty inject endless energy and creativity into what they teach and how they learn”.

Pakistan can emerge as a powerful country ISLAMABAD—Chairman SenZohr

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Brothers in Islam establish regular prayers and charity

November 19 TALENT carnival for students, organised by the student Affairs Forum, at the Rawalpindi Arts Council, Cultural Complex, Shamsabad, Rawalpindi.

Economic situation satisfactory

ate Defence Committee Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed has said that Pakistan with its friendship with China could emerge as a powerful country to be a part of this Asian Century. Senator said this while addressing a workshop on “Doing Business with China,” organized by COMSATS Institute and Pakistan Federation of Chambers of Commerce in, Pakistan-China Institute. He said the shift in the balance of power from East to West with the rise of China as a pillar of strength, and security has defined 21st century as the Asian century. Senator proclaimed that Pak-China economic corridor would play a crucial role in emergence of new regionalism in South Asia. He also highlighted the various dynamic regional contexts that will define Pak-China relationship. Mushahid Hussain stated that there are infinite opportunities for Pakistan’s entrepreneurs and businessmen to reap the fruits of such changing regional contexts.—Online

I SLAMABAD —A considerable number of Pakistanis believe that country’s economic situation is at satisfactory level. According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 41% Pakistanis say they are satisfied with Pakistan’s economic situation. A nationally representative sample of men and women, from across the four provinces was asked “Please tell us, how satisfied or unsatisfied are you with Pakistan’s economic situation?” In response, 11% said they are very satisfied, 30% said they are somewhat satisfied and 34% said they are somewhat unsatisfied. 19% said they are very unsatisfied and 6% did not respond. Question: “Please tell us, how satisfied or unsatisfied are you with Pakistan’s economic situation?” The study was released by Gilani foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 2674 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during Sep 30, 2013 – Oct 07, 2013. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.—NNI

Unnecessary protocol to leaders in hospitals R AWALPINDI —The protocol provided to political leaders and government officials, who have been frequently visiting the hospitals of Rawalpindi to review arrangements against dengue is creating troubles for the administrations, doctors, patients and attendants. The doctors of allied hospitals, expressing concerns over the situation said that the high officials are provided full protocol and a kind of emergency is enforced on all wards. They said that the officials and representatives also visit the isolation ward made for the dengue patients creating nuisance for them, the patients and their attendants. The administrations of hospitals and doctors appealed to Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif to limit the representatives and high officials to surprise visits to save them of nuisance of unnecessary protocol so that they could focus on the treatment of the patients.—INP

ICRC Head calls on Sartaj Aziz I SLAMABAD —The Head of Delegation of International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), Reto Stocker, Wednesday, presented his letter of appointment to Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz. The Adviser welcomed Stocker and assured him of the Government’s support and cooperation in fulfilling his responsibilities.Stocker thanked the Adviser for receiving him and assured the latter that the ICRC activities would be carried out in close cooperation with federal and provincial authorities.—Online

NPC workshop I S L A M A B A D —Journalists Safety Center at National Press Club (NPC) Islamabad is organizing a day-long workshop on safety of Journalists on November 12. This first-ever moot is aimed at providing acquaintance on safety to the working journalists based at Rawalpindi and Islamabad. A number of renowned experts have been invited to hold various interactive sessions with the fraternity on the subject, said a press release issued here on Wednesday. NPC President Farooq Faisal Khan said the journalists Safety Centre was established in August 2013, with the mandate to provide safety to the working journalists of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. He urged the journalist fraternity for maximum participation in the workshop and have full grasp on the subject thereby ensuring their own security by adopting various pre-emotive measures. He said registration of the interested participants Chief Guest Mrs Farrukh Khan, Senator Rozina Alam, Sheikh Mukhtar, Naseem Ahmad Usmani, Wafa Chishti, Ali Yasir, Nasir and Anjum Khaliq has been started forthwith posing for a group photo with the prizeholder students during a competition to recite Kalam-e-Iqbal organized by Nazariya Pakistan Council in and would continue till Noconnection to Iqbal Month, at Aiwan-e-Quaid.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir vember 10.—APP

Traditional Shawls in demand, as winter sets in

AIOU’s exams from November 18 CITY REPORTER

I SLAMABAD —Sale of tradi- Islamabad, while middle Markaz, F-11, where a large I SLAMABAD —Allama Iqbal

tional and contemporary pashmina shawls in pestle colours has began in the federal capital’s shopping malls and road side shops as the winter is knocking at the door. Shawls are not only a part of the traditional attire of shalwar kameez, as many young people also make a fashion statement wearing dark and bright shawls with jeans, tee-shirts and kurtas. The more formal and the stylish are now wearing shawls on top of sleeveless shirts, paired with formal trousers and heels, not mention trendy accessories, said a student Ayesha at Jinnah Super Market. Shawls are also available at many of handicraft shops in various sectors of

lower class females visit weekly ‘Landa Bazaar’ of G6, G-10 and H-9 for having a trendy and chic pashmina shawls at lower prices. As visitors throng various shopping malls for shopping to experience the winter chill, it is a good time for weavers as there has been a rise in the demand for traditional ‘Kashmiri’ and branded pashmina shawls available in various shops. The hand-woven soft multicoloured shawls, dyed with natural vegetable colours and famous for their finesse and warmth, are available at Aabpara Market, Melody Market (G-6), Karachi Company (G-9) Super Market (F-6, Jinnah Super and Rana Market (F-7), I10 Markaz, F-8 Markaz, F-10

number of female shoppers have been witnessed to purchase it. While a pure pashmina shawl can carry a price tag of as much as Rs 4000, most buyers prefer semi-pashmina shawls which are difficult to distinguish from the pure variety and are available in price range of Rs 800 to Rs 1000. The exquisite shawls, famous for their intricate geometrical designs, carry special significance and depict the designs and colours on the walls of Kashmiri tradition though few are simple and plain. A shopkeeper at F7 while talking to APP said the demand for warm clothes like sweaters, shawls and other clothing had witnessed noticeable increase in view of the weather.—APP

Open University (AIOU) has scheduled its final exams of PGD, MA and M.Sc programmes for the Semester Spring, 2013 from Monday 18th November, 2013 across the country simultaneously. This was announced by Dr. Hamid Khan Niazi, Controller of Exams, AIOU. The Roll No. slips, he said are being dispatched to all the eligible/enrolled students at their given addresses by Postal Mail Service. Those students who will not receive their Roll No. Slips till November 10, are advised to contact the nearest Regional Office of the University or Abid Hussain Satti, Deputy Controller of Exams (Conduct) personally or at his Ph.No. 051-9250051, 9057648 for issuance of Duplicate Roll No Slip.—INP

Railway station security enhanced R AWA L P I N D I —Following the directives of Inspector General Railways Police regarding ensuring foolproof security during the holy month of Muharram-ulHaram, security of Rawalpindi railway station has been tightened. Extra contingents of police have been deployed, while bomb disposal squad will also remain on high alert. Inspector General Railways Police, Syed Ibne Hussain ordered all circle in-charges and SHOs to coSchool children on their way back under the cover of umbrellas to protect from rain operate with the district during light showers in the city. police in ensuring safety and security of religious processions and congregations, besides gearing up security of the stations in their respective areas.— They said that they receive eas said that they were facR AWALPINDI —With the adINP vent of winter, residents of enough supply of gas when ing acute shortage of gas. it is blocked to the CNG staThey said that recently their many areas of the garrison city have complained about tions but gas disappears with gas supply remained suspended for shortage of gas supply. The the opening of the filling sta12 hours in one day. The resiresidents said that the usage tions. The residents from Tipu dents demanded of the of gas has increased with the Road, Chamanzar Colony, higher officials of gas comfall in the mercury level, while sup- Aria Mohallah, Nighatabad, pany and political represen- R AWALPINDI —The Punjab ply to the CNG is further Hafeez Road, Awanabad, tatives to ensure smooth sup- government has decided to conduct laboratory test of worsening the situation. Muslim Colony and other ar- ply of gas to them.—INP drinking water of all public schools in Rawalpindi. Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar has revealed that drinking water in 30 schools is unhygienic which cause spread of Hepatitis among the children. In a statement the governor said that the govt could provide clean drinking water to each child at the cost of one rupee if NOGs and welloff people cooperate. He said children of Governor House officers and employees also study in the schools, from where the samples of water were taken for tests. According to reports, number of patients of Hepatitis is three times more than those suffering from dengue in the government hospitals in the provHindu children lighting lamps to celebrate Dewali Festival at Krishna Mandir. ince.—INP

Gas shortage in city

Lab test of potable water

4200 policemen to ensure security on Muharram CITY REPORTER R AWALPINDI —As many as 4200 policemen are ensure security of majalis and Muharram procession in Rawalpindi district said City Police Officer (CPO) Rawalpindi, Bilal Siddique Kamyana. He elaborate that security arrangements were finalized for peaceful passage of Muharram-ul-Harram and foolproof security for Majalis and Muharram processions of the town. The CPO informed that under the security plan formulated for Muharram-ulHarram, leaves of all police personnel have been cancelled for the period from first to 10th Muharram. The security plan for Muharram was finalized in a special meeting held here on Wednesday. It was decided in the meeting that all departments concerned would made concerted efforts for the safety of the mourners. The Majalis and Muharram processions of Rawalpindi have been di-

vided into three categories. Entry of 157 ulema into Rawalpindi district has been banned while 92 during Muharram. ‘Ulema’,’Mushaikh’, and religious scholars of different sects were taken on board to promote peace and harmony. Additional force of Special branch Police, Elite Force, Punjab Constabulary, Lady Police and Ranger along with district police would be deployed to ensure security during Muharram-ul-Harram. Strict checking of vehicles is also being made at entry and exist points of the Rawalpindi city.There would be strict monitoring of all the processions while’ Closed Circuit Television’ (CCTV) cameras have also been installed to ensure the security. Parking of vehicles will not be allowed 200 yards from Imambarghs. No one would be allowed to stand on roof tops of the commercial and residential buildings situated along the routes of the main mourning procession while armed police per-

Police recover 5000 liters liquor R AWALPINDI —Rawalpindi tion number RIA-85 and repolice on Wednesday claimed to have recovered 5000 liters liquor and arrested two bootleggars. Superintendent Police (SP) Rawalpindi Division, Syed Jamiat Ali Bukhari addressing a press conference told that on the special directives of City Police Officer (CPO) Rawalpindi Bilal Siddique Kamyana to accelerate the pace of operation against criminal elements, special checking of vehicles was started in the town. He informed that a special team headed by Station House Officer (SHO), Sadiqabad Police Station and Incharge Ashraf Town Police Choki, Sub-Inspector (SI) Muhammad Imran Abbas checked a Toyota Corolla car bearing registra-

covered five gallons of liquor. Police also arrested two bootleggars namely Muhammad Nasir Maqsood resident of Ghari Dopatta, Muzaffarabad and Syed Muhammadd. The arrested accused, during investigation, revealed that they work for Noor Muhammad Alias Nora. They also claim a godown in Al-Noor Colony where liquor was stored and further supplied to many areas. Police party conducted a raid at the godown and recovered 100 gallons of liquor. A case has been registered against the accused while raids are being conducted to nab Noor Muhammad, the SP informed.—APP

sonnel would be deployed on the rooftops of the buildings. Police patrolling has been enhanced during Muharram. Members of Peace Committees along with female volunteers of civil defence and lady police would also be deployed with the mourning processions and Majalis. Special checking of the route of the mourning procession would be completed before start of the procession and bomb disposal squad will clear the route. The mourners will be checked with metal detectors and walk through gates would be installed at the entry points. The route of the main procession of Muharram would be sealed completely and streets on the route of the procession will also be barricaded. Vehicles and motorcycles will not be allowed to move with the mourning processions. Quick Response Force (QRF) will also be deployed for the protection of majalis and processions to be taken out during Muharram-ulHarram, he added.

Fumigation drive against dengue RAWALPINDI—The anti-dengue drive, initiated by the district health department, is underway and the fumigation is being carried out in different areas of the city.During the campaign, spray was carried out in Union councils No 15,19 and 33 under the supervision of EDO Health Dr Zafar Iqbal Gondal and District Officer Dr Ansar Ishaq. Talking to APP, Ansar Ishaq said the department has already sprayed chemicals to destroy dengue mosquitoes in the areas from where dengue fever cases were reported.During the last five days 643 blood samples were collected from six camps which were recently set up by the City District Government at Saidpur road, Commercial market, Dhoke Hassu, Pirwadahi Bus terminal, Khayeban-e-Sir Syed and College road for creating awareness among the public and registering their complaints.—APP

Cab drivers protesting against Islamabad Traffic Police at Jinnah Avenue.

Majority will not vote if poll boycott campaign allowed in IHK: Forum I SLAMABAD —The forum patronised by veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has said that not more than four per cent votes will be cast and majority of people would boycott the upcoming elections if the election boycott campaign is allowed in the territory. According to sources, the forum spokesman said that the people of Kashmir had not rendered sacrifices for development and economic packages but for se-

curing right to self-determination guaranteed by the international community. Commenting over the statement of the puppet Chief Minister of the territory, Omar Abdullah, he said that it had always remained a tradition for Sheikh dynasty that they were issuing the contradictory statements in Kashmir and Delhi, which portrayed their deceit and infidelity. Omar Abdullah had told reporters in Jammu the other day that

Geelani addresses big gatherings in Shopian

Jammu martyrs day observed with renewed resolve

S RINAGAR —The veteran Hurriyet leader Syed Ali Gilani addressing a mammoth gathering in Shopian, today, expressed confidence that the people of Kashmir will succeed in getting their motherland free from the clutches of the Indian slavery. Syed Ali Gilani while paying rich tributes to Jammu martyrs of 1947 and four youth, martyred by troops in the town on 7th September, this year, asked the people of Kashmir to beware of the stooges of India, who were conspiring to consolidate the Indian occupation over the territory on the pretext of election drama. The veteran leader ’s speech was punctuated with “Geeway Geeway Pakistan” and “We Want Freedom” slogans. Later, a large number of people took Syed Ali Gilani in a procession from Shopian to Pulwama where he addressed another public gathering. The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other Hurriyet leaders including Professor Abdul Ghani Butt and Musaddiq Aadil addressing a seminar on Jammu Martyrs in Srinagar, today, urged India to accept Kashmir dispute as a reality and take steps for its settlement. The seminar was also addressed by Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Zafar Akbar Butt, Javed Ahmad Mir, Agha Syed Mujtaba Al-MoosviAl-Safvi, Yasmeen Raja, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Hakeem Abdur Rasheed, Shahid Saleem and Saleem Gilani. The leaders paid glowing tributes to the 1947 martyrs of Jammu. Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League and Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Movement eulogized the sacrifices of the Jammu martyrs at functions in Srinagar and Jammu. A function was held, today, at APHC AJK office in Islamabad to pay tributes to the martyrs of Jammu. It was chaired by the Convener, Syed Yousuf Naseem and the speakers included the President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl and Farzana Yaqoob. On the occasion, another seminar was held in Muzaffarabad that was addressed by the leaders of occupied Kashmir and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. In Jeddah, the Secretary General of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsan Oglu speaking at a photo exhibition at the OIC Secretariat reaffirmed the organization’s full support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their struggle for right to self-determination.—KMS

RAO ATIQ UL AMIN KHAN. MIRPUR—Kashmiris living at both sides of the line of control and rest of the world observed the 66th Jammu Martyrs anniversary on Wednesday to commemorate the supreme sacrifices of the lives given by over 2.50 lakh Muslim inmates of Jammu this day in 1947 while moving for migrating to Pakistan. The day is observed every year by the Kashmiris to remember the supreme sacrifices of lives rendered by those over 2.50 lakh inmates of Jammu including men, women, children and elderly Muslims who were mercilessly slaughtered by the armed Hindu gangsters including the Indian occupy-

he had never questioned accession of Kashmir to India. The spokesman said that Sheikh family had extreme lust for power and for the purpose it could go to any extent. Criticizing the National Conference, he said that in power they follow Delhi and whenever they are deprived of the power then they resort to deceptive politics. Meanwhile, President Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP)

ing and the dogra military troops with the connivance of the dogra hindu fanatics, under a nefarious pre-planned conspiracy while they were proceeding for migrating to Pakistan near Jammu-Sialkot working boundary. As previous, the day was observed by every Kashmiri this year too with the renewal of the pledge to continue the successfully-going struggle for freedom of occupied Jammu Kashmir from the Indian clutches till the achievement of their globally-acknowledged birth right to self determination. They vowed to continue their freedomstruggle with renewed resolve till last victory coupled with the heartfelt aspirations for the early peaceful settlement of Kashmir issues through a

and member of so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed in a statement while castigating Chief Minister Omar Abdullah over his recent remarks about Kashmir, said that neither such statements would make Omar Abdullah Delhi’s beloved one, neither would they make Kashmir India’s Integral part. He said that Omar was loosing credibility on ground by issuing contradictory statements.—APP

composite dialogue between India and Pakistan. In Azad Jammu Kashmir special ceremonies including seminars and symposiums were held in various parts of AJK including the capital city of Muzaffarabad to pay glorious tributes to the Jammu martyrs, gunned down by the armed Hindu fanatics including Indian occupying and dogra military men, this day 66 years ago in 1947. Addressing these ceremonies speakers vowed to continue the mission of the martyrs of Jammu and Kashmir till Kashmir Freedom movement reaches to its logical end though the achievement of the globally-acknowledged legitimate right to self determination by the people of Jammu and Kashmir State.

ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister AJK Sardar Attique Ahmad Khan speaks during a seminar on Kashmir, at National Press Club.—PO Photo by Sultan Bashir

Don’t turn Kashmir into battleground: PDP to Delhi S RINAGAR —Amid tension along Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) between India and Pakistan, opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned Government of India against turning Kashmir into a battleground. The party stressed upon Congress-led UPA to extend hand of friendship to the Government in the neighboring country for resolving Kashmir issue. “An atmosphere of war is being created. This rally is for peace and it has a message for both India and Pakistan that war can’t solve any problem,” said PDP president Mehbooba Mufti. “Kashmir should be made a bridge for furthering ties between India and Pakistan and we will not allow it to be turned into a battleground,” she added. The LoC and International Border between the neighboring countries has

been witnessing increase in ceasefire violations since August, threatening the ceasefire agreement entered into by both the countries in 2003. However, the borders have remained calm for the past two weeks following a fresh ceasefire agreement between BSF and Pak Rangers. “Whenever such incidents (ceasefire violations) occur, it is the people of Kashmir who get killed on either side of the border,” Mehbooba said. She questioned India’s strong posturing against Pakistan on the ceasefire violations while maintaining that it dealt differently with Beijing over intrusions by Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) in Ladakh earlier this year. “If China does something you prefer to talk to them but the response is different when it comes to Paki-

stan,” Mehbooba said. The PDP president said her party’s message to Congress led UPA and BJP is to restore peace with Pakistan which was possible only through resumption of dialogue process. She attacked ruling National Conference for their “changing stance” on Kashmir. “They keep on changing stand; one day you say Kashmir has acceded to India and another day your stand is that there was no accession at all,” said Mehbooba. “Neither tanks nor bullets but talks will solve the issue (Kashmir); stop firing and shelling at borders, India-Pakistan friendship is must for Kashmir resolution” were the slogans raised continuously by Mehbooba as she got cheerful response from supporters who marched along with her, holding placards which read messages for peace.—NNI

APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq addresses a seminar in Srinagar, organised in the memory of martyrs of Jammu, who were massacred by the forces of Maharaja and Hindu extremists.

Kashmir will never forget sacrifices of Jammu Muslims

Vajpayee initiative on Kashmir should follow: Mirwaiz

mir is not an administrative mir. The time has come for the HAMEED SHAHEEN and ‘change of guard’ governments of India and SRINAGAR—Senior pro-free- ISLAMABAD—Mirwaiz Umar issue could have an impact on the Pakistan to make a new be-

dom leader and chairman Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah has said that November 06 is a very significant and sorrowful day in the political history of Kashmir, ‘as on this day, the communal elements in Jammu under a well planned scheme butchered more than 2.5 lakh innocent Muslims mercilessly’. In a statement, Shah while expressing his deep grief and resentment over the ‘Jammu massacre’ expressed hope that people of Jammu and Kashmir will never allow the repeat of such inhuman and beastly acts. Shah said that history keeps record of both virtues of pious and vices of vicious people but good people inherit goodness of good and keep abhorrence of vices of bad people. He said we have to maintain hatred of vices in order to become pious and good. Commenting on the sacrifices of Muslims of Jammu, Shah said that their sacrifices will not go waste.—NNI

Hollow claims can’t affect Kashmir dispute

Farooq, chairman APHC (All Parties Hurriet Conference) Wednesday disclosed said that Hurriyat Conference was “ready to cooperate if Government of India follows Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s initiative” on Jammu and Kashmir, reports (KD) Kashmir Dispatch. “Let the Government of India follow Vajpayee initiative on Kashmir, Hurriyat is ready to cooperate,” Mirwaiz told reporters on the margins of Jammu Martyrs Day observance meeting at Raj Bagh headquarters of APHC. It is for the first time that the Hurriet cheif let his mind out to public. He said that election was a ‘non-issue for them’. “Our focus is on the resolution of Kashmir issue and we don’t believe that elections can be a substitute to Kashmir solution. Even the parties who contest polls believe that elections won’t be a substitute to Kashmir issue. We had been saying that Kash-

issue,” quotes Kashmir Dispatch “Kashmir is an issue and both Pakistan and India should create a congenial atmosphere to resolve this long-pending issue.Both the countries should include Kashmiri people in the dialogue process”. Mirwaiz, a respected politician remarked:“Both India and Pakistan should understand that Kashmir is the core issue between them. It is high time for them to resolve this core issue and maintain amicable relationship,” he said. “Those days are over when issues were settled through wars. If India and Pakistan are serious to resolve the Kashmir dispute, then Hurriyat Conference is ready to extend its full contribution”. Terming 2014 as a ‘crucial year ’, Mirwaiz said, “We want a solution to the Kashmir issue. We want a solution that takes into account the views and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kash-

Police instigate stone pelting: Hurriyat (G)

ginning and formulate a way to resolve the crisis in Kashmir in a friendly and amicable manner, keeping in mind the wishes and hopes of the people”, KD adds..” Mirwaiz said that it is premature to comment on election boycott right now. “Hurriyat will sit and decide on the issue once election dates and schedules are declared. So far those parties who will contest the elections are not making any preparation. Why should we bother about this issue at this time,” he said, adding that elections can’t change the face of Kashmir issue. He said that Hurriyat would soon meet to decide how the amalgam would reach out to people of all the three regions. “We want to reach out to the people of all the three regions. Hurriyat wants to take them on board, so that Kashmir issue could be resolved amicably,” KD concludes.

MC Chairman invited to conference

S R I N A G A R —Commenting peaceful public gatherings SRINAGAR—Muslim ConferSRINAGAR —The All Parties on, what it said, the recent and at times some enthusi- ence spokesman Advocate

Hurriyet Conference, castigating puppet Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for his statement on Jammu and Kashmir has said that the National Conference leaders have a tradition of making different statements at different places for political gains. The APHC spokesman in a statement reacting to Omar Abdullah’s assertion that he never questioned the status of Jammu and Kashmir said that pro-India leaders of the territory were habitual of changing colours like chameleon. The spokesman said that Omar ’s statement was vote bank politics as “It is tradition of the party and its leader to exploit the sentiments of the people”. They exploit the people and derive a political mileage out of this gimmick”, the spokesman added. “Historical truth cannot be belied by claiming Kashmir as an integral part of India. Neither, the disputed status of Kashmir would be changed if some fringe elements would refer to accession as final political settlement, he said.—KMS

stone pelting controversy, the Hurriyat Conference (G) has alleged that usually police create the disturbances which force people to resort to stone pelting in reaction. “The nature of the stone pelting is not the same every time and everywhere but often in reaction. As far as Kashmir is concerned it is in no way different from other parts of the world. The reaction is expected even in those parts of the world where people are striving against the oppression. It is in no way considered as an offence in any part of the world except Kashmir,” said the Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar in a statement. “If police or the authorities do not interfere in the public meetings the stone pelting or any reaction without any provocation is unjustified.” “Syed Ali Geelani condemned the stone pelting which took place after the public meeting at Sopore was over,” said the spokesman, adding that “Sometimes at the behest of agencies stone pelting is started to disturb

astic youngsters are swayed by their passion and resort to stone pelting. This cannot be justified. The opponents of the movement garner the political advantage from all this. However, stone pelting becomes inevitable when police and administration prevent or stop the peaceful procession or rally from its onward march or when police resort to baton charge and pepper gas shelling. In such cases, the resentment and response of people may take ugly turn and they are left with the only option of stone pelting. This is the reaction against the police high handedness. In such cases the youth are not to be blamed and there is no reason to condemn it (stone pelting).” “Wherever and whenever police use violence against peaceful people, response and reaction is expected and nobody can stop it, said spokesman. How it is possible that innocent people be thrashed brutally and you will expect that they should not even cry for help.—NNI

Abdul Hamid has said that international council for human development Brussels chairman Ali Raza Syed, European parliament member Sajad Haider Karim and Farooq Ahmed Papa has invited Chairman Shabir Ahmed Dar to attend Kashmir European week starting from 11th November to 15th November at Brussels headquarters of European union. In a statement issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS) the spokesman said that the Kashmir EU Week is being organized to express solidarity with Kashmir & organize seminars, discussions by inviting people from different countries to find an amicable acceptable & durable solution to Kashmir issue acceptable to the people of Kashmir who have offered ‘huge sacrifices’. Shabir Ahmed was invited to share his ideas & experiences to further this noble cause, but as Shabir Sahib is not having a passport so he can not travel to Brussels, but he has send his good wishes from Muslim Conference & prayed for the success of this sincere effort.—NNI

Strategic transformation of an innocent dream JUNAID BIN MANZOOR


HE great American leader, Martin Luther King had a dream even though they faced the difficulties, he still had a dream. It was a dream deeply rooted in the American mindset. He had a dream that one day his nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, he had a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. He had a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state that was sweltering with the heat of injus-

tice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice, he had a dream that his four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. The great scholar of east, Dr. Sir Mohammad Iqbal had a dream to have a separate nation for the Muslims of the sub-continent, to have a place where they could exist freely and have their own social, religious and political determination so he burnt his midnight oil to con-vert that dream into a reality and today we have the outcome as “Paki-stan”. We too have a dream,…. an inno-

cent dream having legal justifications, it’s the desire to live free, a craving to breath of our own spirit, an aspiration to have our free nationhood, a wish to have our identity, an ambition to progress and serve the humanity as a nation. The objective which we are struggling to achieve is your common com-modity, yes… my dear human beings it is the right to self-determination: this has become our dream, the basic birth right of a human being. Someone has rightly said that dream is not what one happens to see while sleeping… but? It is…what kills your sleep and this dream has been killing our sleep since ages and thousands of hearts stopped breathing while

dreaming this dream. Under United Nations charter right to self-determination is defined as free choice of one’s own acts without external compulsion; and especially as the freedom of the people of a given territory to deter-mine their own political status or independence from their current state. In other words, it is the right of the people of a certain nation to decide how they want to be governed without the influence of any other coun-try. But the world scenario is in transformation; now it is not a baby’s lolly pop we have to strive for it within the controls of UN which provides an op-portunity to be free from the clutches of oppression.

Let’s come out of the confusions and miss-understandings and be one voice, in fact one loud roar. The six decade old freedom movement requires a pragmatic and holistic approach what we can do of our own and that is unity. Our religion, in fact any religion on this earth, history, myth, stories, everything teaches us unity and dictates the effectiveness of this tool. It really works! We are the oppressed one and the oppressed has only one deterrent to defend with and that is unity because if we fail to fight at least we stand as a wall as destroying a brick is an effortless job but to destroy a wall made up of countless bricks, one needs energy and

sometimes you may fall short of that threshold energy. Chechenya, Cosovo, Palestine and many more have suffered when they let loose their unity and when they got united glory kissed their feet, even under British rule unity was the tool which made the masses of the sub-continent able to resist against naked British Imperialistic Empire when Britainadopted the strategy of divide and rule to curb the rising movement. The current mass uprising in Kashmir is fragmented and scattered, leading us to a dark world, there is a series of ups and downs in the mindset of our masses, one day millions come on streets against the tyranny and suppression

of the authorities who are at the helm of affairs and on the next day they vote for the legislative assembly , it never means they support suppression and that they don’t want their right; the reason is that their minds are confused and voices scattered by the people leading this movement because everyone here is ready to become a leader and no one wants to be lead and it is not a healthy input and ultimately can be fatal for our freedom movement as crowd is not the indicator of united command but an organization is the paramount of success. Unity was never so important when pitch of out movement was loud but nowadays particularly in past 9/11 scenario our freedom movement is in an alpha-

coma where it badly needs oxygen for survival and that unification, coherence, dedication, commitment, devotion, and determination in our ranks and files Let me give you a sketch of a strong strategic asset which will lead us to our dream, lets change the make up of the stage and decorate it, let it be All Parties Huriyet Conference consisting of every single party which is committed to struggle for our birth right of self-determination, freedom fighters and political organization under a one single roof that shall be called as All Parties Huriyet Conference, a real APHC which shall be divided into a Supreme Council. —Courtesy Kashmir youth Intellectual

USC increases sugar price Staff Reporter KARACHI —In pursuance of its policy to make frequent upward revision in prices of all essential commodities, Utility Stores Corporation (USC) of Pakistan once again made upward revision in price of sugar by Rs 3 per kilogramme (kg), which came into effect from October 26, 2013. The decision to enhance price of one of the most essential kitchen item at a ratio of Rs 3 per kg has pushed its rate to Rs 50 per kg level compared to previous rate of Rs 47 of the same weight. In open market, after the fresh increase, sugar at retail level is available to consumers at Rs 60 per kg, which was previously sold at Rs 56 to Rs 57 per kg.

Call to fix wheat price at Rs 1,500 Staff Reporter L AHORE—Pakistan Agri Forum has demanded the government to fix the wheat purchase price at Rs 1,500 per maund. Agri Forum Chairman Dr Ibrahim Mughal said if the wheat purchase price was increased, one million tonnes of wheat would have to be imported. He said increased prices of agriculture inputs had added to miseries of poor farmers and they were not interested in cultivating wheat.

Conversion rates KARACHI—The following rates will be applicable for conversion into rupees of Foreign Currency Deposits, Dollar Bearer Certificates, Foreign Currency Bearer Certificates, Special U.S. Dollar Bonds and profits thereon by all banks and for providing Forward Cover on Foreign Currency Deposits (excluding F.E- 25 deposits) by the State Bank on on November 7, 2013. The rates are U.S. Dollar Rs 107.2876, Japanese Yen Rs 1.0890, Pound Sterling Rs 172.7224 and Euro Rs 144.8598.—APP

Pak striving to embrace knowledge economy:Ahsan W ASHINGTON —Pakistan is to do is create an environ- billion. striving to embrace knowledge economy through a series of initiatives and reforms as part of Islamabad’s 2025 vision that seeks to expand economic growth on sustainable and fast-paced trajectory, Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal said. Professor Iqbal said the PML(N) government is determined to benefit from applied research and collaboration of the public and private sectors as it endeavors to transform Pakistan into a knowledge economy. “Knowledge is the basic driver of competitive economies, we in Pakistan have knowledge — what we need

ment where we should be able to translate knowledge into implementable programs,” he stated at the International Food Policy Research Institute. “Our business is applied research to achieve development goals —we have to fight poverty, bolster economy and generate jobs for our young population,” he underscored. He was confident that human resource development, value addition to agricultural products and cotton as well as focused work in science and technology fields, would help Pakistan go for a leapfrog jump in its annual exports from a current level of $ 25 billion to $ 100

Prof. Iqbal shared Pakistan’s successful outlook in the field of information technology, saying that chief executive officers of companies told him in Silicon Valley that offshore operations in Pakistan are outperforming other operations around the world including in Bangalore, India because Pakistan has a large information technology skilled manpower. “The Pakistani young skilled information technology experts are second to none”. The government, he said, will encourage introduction of syllabi that help develop innovative thinking and creativity in place of traditional memoriza- Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi meeting with Ambassador of Turkey Mustafa Babur Hizlan. tion practices.

Japan provides assistance worth $296,459 to NGOs TARIQ KHATTAK I SLAMABAD —The Government of Japan has decided to extend financial support totaling US$ 296,459 (approx. Rs. 30 million) to three Pakistani NGOs ,namely, Basic Development Needs Nowshera (US$ 113,903), Beer Development Society (US$ 107,737) and Women’s Union Missionary Society (US$ 74,819), for the improvement of health as well as water and sanitation facilities in rural parts of the country. The agreements for the three projects were signed on 6th November, 2013, at the Japanese Ambassador ’s residence in Islamabad, between

H.E. Mr. Hiroshi Inomata, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan and the representatives of the three organizations. The grant to Beer Development Society will be used for the pavement of streets and the installation of water filtration plants in 6 villages of District Haripur (KPK). The grant to Basic Development Needs Nowshera will be utilized for the construction of two mother and child health centres in rural parts of District Nowshera (KPK), in order to provide high quality and locally accessible maternal health services. Lastly, the grant to Women’s Union Missionary Society

will be utilized for providing medical equipment for a rural health centre in District Muzaffargarh (Punjab). At the signing ceremony, Ambassador Inomata highlighted that Japan’s Official Development Assistance Programme to Pakistan attaches a high importance to the improvement of rural health services and enhancing people’s access to water and sanitation. He also expressed his hope that these interventions would result in uplifting the human well-being in the target areas and in doing so would undoubtedly enrich the excellent relations between the people of Japan and Pakistan.

Govt striving to improve PIA STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Chaudhry Birjees Tahir informed the House the government was striving to improve Pakistan International Airline (PIA) as four planes were being leased from Turkey in first phase for a period of four months. Responding to a question, the minister said in second phase 10 planes would be leased for two years to further improve the situation. He said PIA had a total of 34 aircrafts, of which 23 were operational while the remaining 11 were in workshop and would be operational once fixed. Tahir said the Jumbo AP, BF W (B-747) aircraft was auctioned after proper cannibalisation of serviceable components, as is where is basis through open public auction by government auctioneer.

KESC demands power tariff hike STAFF REPORTER

FBR issues Rs 2m to upgrade WEBOC Staff Correspondent MULTAN —Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has issued Rs 2.0 million for the ungradation of Web Based One Customs (WEBOC) introduced by native experts. Collector Custom, Model Custom Collectorate High Commissioner of Mauritius called on Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Touseef Ahmad while Senator Kamran Michael. addressing a ceremony in Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has assured the system would be made flawless within two weeks. He said earlier the system for clearance was required billion of rupees for President Rawalpindi Cham- a direct flight is being initiated STAFF REPORTER maintenance, which were ber of Commerce and Indus- form Islamabad to Bishkek and paid to international firms. R AWALPINDI —The Acting try (RCCI) Dr. Shimail Daud business community of both Ambassador and Deputy Arain during his visit to the sides will soon listen a good Head of Mission of RCCI. Former presidents, mem- news in this regard. He stressed that L/C and Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan bers Executive Committee and Kubanychbek Toktorbaev has other members of the Cham- bank related issues will be resaid that there is favourable ber were also present on the solved on priority basis and no stone will be left unturned environment for investment in occasion. Ambassador said that his in this regard. He said that Pa“It is impossible for a Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan keen man to learn what he to enhance trade relations with country is surplus in electric- kistan and Kyrgyzstan are two Pakistan, both the countries ity and willing to sell it to Paki- brother Islamic countries and thinks he already have great potential to extend stan. He said that there is no it is need of the hour to proknows.” bilateral trade. He was ex- direct access between the two mote trade activities between —Epictetus changing these views with the countries and to resolve this, the two states.

Kyrgyzstan keen to enhance trade relations: Envoy

Food imports decrease 11.9 pc in first quarter STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Food group imports in the country during the first three months of current financial year decreased by 11.91 percent as compared to same period of last year. During the period from July-September, 2013, food group imports came down to US$ 1.042 billion from US$ 1.183 billion recorded in corresponding period of last year. According the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, imports of milk cream and milk food for infants decreased by 28.69 percent and reached to US$ 31.67 million during the period under review as com-

pared to the imports of US$ 44.28 million recorded in same period of last year. In first quarter, about 9,470 metric tons of milk cream and milk food for infants imported as compared to 16,856 metric tons of same period last year, the data reveled. The imports of dry fruit and nuts also registered negative growth of 4.19 percent and recorded at 26,616 metric tons in three months as against the import of 26,536 metric tons imported in same period of last year. The country spent US$ 20.08 million on importing dry fruit and nuts in last three months which was recorded at US$ 20.96 million during same pe-

riod of last year. Meanwhile, from JulySeptember the imports of edible oil including soyabean and palm oil decreased by 17.67 percent and 29.40 percent respectively. During the period under review, about 24,360 metric tons of soyabean oil costing US$ 26.271 million imported as against 28,898 metric tons valuing US$ 37.21 million imported i same period of last year. The import of palm oil in the country was recorded at 564,115 metric tons valuing US$ 461.44 million as compared to 556, 043 metric tons of US$ 586.013 million during the same period of last year.

Sugar mills in Sindh stop crushing STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Majority of sugar mills in Sindh have either stopped sugarcane crushing or slowed down this process due to, what they claimed, the high minimum purchase price of sugarcane fixed by the provincial government while price of sugar is not increasing for the last couple of years. Industry sources said that the mills’ management refused to purchase cane at the governmentannounced rate of Rs180 per 40kg. They said that couple of days ago around 29 sugar mills in Sindh had begun sugarcane crushing, but now they intend to close their mills in protest of fixation of sugarcane purchase price at Rs180 per maund in Sindh for new crushing season being commenced from November 1, 2013.

The mill owners are demanding to purchase sugarcane from growers at Rs172 per 40kg - the rate of last year, as they argued that sugar prices are stable for the last couple of years, hence the hike in sugarcane support price is not acceptable. The Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA), Sindh, has not announced closure of mills, nor has the government confirmed it. However, sources claimed that only a few mills are operating in the province as they are getting sugarcane regularly on rates fixed by the government. It is to be noted that the Sindh minister for agriculture had fixed the price of sugarcane at Rs180 per 40kg for the current fiscal year. The new price is Rs180 against the previous year’s price of Rs172 per

40 kg. This has been due to surge in the cost of production. Moreover, the support price of sugarcane has remained a point of contention between sugar mills and farmers for years. As a result, the sugarcane shortage had badly affected consumers and industries. The Punjab and KP governments may follow the suit and fix support price for the coming sugarcane crushing seasons (2013-14) on the pattern of Sindh. However, Pakistan Sugar Mills Association Punjab Zone Chairman Riaz Qadeer Butt said that the new rate of sugarcane in Sindh will also lift the cost of sugar to Rs65 per kg proportionally in coming season, rendering the local industry uncompetitive in region too.

ISLAMABAD—Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has sought 35 paisas decrease in power tariff for the month of August while 44 paisas hike in power tariff for September on account of monthly fuel price adjustment. In two separate petitions submitted with National Electric Power regulatory Authority (Nepra), power utility (KESC) has advocated that it had sold one billion, forty crore and ninety seven lakh units of power in August. Since the fuel cost was decreased by Rs50 crore in August, so power utility has sought relief and asked decrease in the price of per unit of power for its consumers by 35paisa. Similarly, the power firm in another request to the regulator (NEPRA) has said that one billion, thirty nine crore and seventy one lakh units of power had been sold in September. The fuel cost during above said month had witnessed a raise of Rs61 crore. And, due to increase in the fuel cost for power generation, KESC has sought 44 paisas per unit power price hike for the Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairman PARC presiding over inaugural session of workshop on power used in September. soil fertility. Heads of international and national organizations are also present.

Experts for enhancing soil fertility to boost agri-production STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Agriculture experts Wednesday stressed the need for improving soil fertility through demonstration and dissemination of best management practices for farmers to help boost overall agricultural production. They were speaking at a workshop organized by Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) with an aim to educate farmers about the use of new technology to increase their per acre pro-

duction as well as to address the food security issues. “By focusing on rapid research and development activities of agriculture in the areas of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtukhwa (KP) and FATA, we can meet domestic food requirement and alleviate poverty in the country,” Chairman PARC, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad said while addressing the participants. He said that the food security is an issue of both national and global importance and agriculture production could be enhanced by improving soil

fertility. and to improve soil health, he velop and disseminate agriPARC in collaboration added. cultural extension messages, with International Center for In addition it would de- information, materials, and Agricultural Research in the Areas (ICARDA) and the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the provincial research and development institutions is going to formulate a project for soil fertility. The objectives of the project are to demonstrate and test research and extension plots in Pakistan Best Management Practices (BMPs) concerning the capacity to maintain or build soil organic matter (SOM)

tools to be used in Punjab and Sindh for building SOM, improving soil health. Dr. Iftikhar said that the improving soil health, applying the balanced fertilizer applications is key and important element to enhance production. He said if people particularly youth of under-developed areas are facilitated in agriculture activities they can contribute significantly in this sector and avoid other anti-social activities. He said that chemical fertilizers applied today in Pakistan were

typically imbalanced, adding the country’s soils was having low organic matter. He said Pakistan started using fertilizers in 1952-53 with 1,000 tonnes which gradually increased to 4,360 thousand tonnes in 2010. He said the total geographic area of Pakistan is about 79.6 million hectares, of which almost 22.1 million hectares is cultivated and its 84.5% is irrigated area. The major crops are wheat, rice, maize, sugarcane and cotton, besides a variety of fruits and vegetables.

He also urged the scientists to share their experiments and experience with farming community and guide them to adopt new practices and technology to increased their per acre production and to achieve the goal of food security in the country. On this occasion, Dr. Otto Gonzalez (USDA), Dr. Abdul Majeed, Country Director (ICARDA), Dr. Ehsan Akhtar, Senior Director PARC and other speakers also addressed and highlighted various aspects of soil fertility.

Pakistan has enormous resources to attract investors

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country having enormous economic potential to attract investment yet the kick start calls to resolve difficult issues of law and order, energy crisis and the political stability which is vital to give a sense of secured investment. These thoughtful remarks were made by Swiss Consul Gneral Didier Boschung at a Press Conference he was addressing Hotel Pearl Continental prior to the largest single country exhibition being held at Pearl Continental Karachi where over 50 Swiss Companies will be displaying
















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their products and will have B to B business meetings with Pakistani counter parts. The Swiss diplomat said that although the trade volume between Switzerland and Pakistan is comparatively low yet his country is contributing significantly in terms of investment in Pakistan which is reflected in the fact that Swiss investment in Pakistan are the fifth largest investment in terms of value and volume while exports from Pakistan were growing at least 20 percent for the last three years. Replying to a question regarding perception of Pakistan abroad, he said that we

should not ignore the ground realities which speaks more loudly than the perception, hence the economic managers would have address the persisting energy crisis and take the law and order situation to attract foreign investment in accordance with the potential and economic scope of the country. Agreeing with the point that Pakistan has suffered economy due to war on terror and law and order which deserve a supporting hand from the developed economies however he pointed out that holding such a huge exhibition in Pakistan is a kind of support to create economic

Pakistan’s handicrafts in great demand in world STAFF REPORTER

tour plan to Senegal, Russian states, and neighbouring countries to enable women entrepreneurs to understand demands of these markets and establish business links for trade promotion. She urged women to also test their skills on other businesses in addition to their attachment with traditional women dresses and garments. “Women of this area must move forward in other businesses too.” She said, SPWCCI would also seek help from higher authorities besides Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (Smeda). Former SPWCCI president Masooma Sabtain said that the number of women

opportunities in Pakistan on the part of his country. Speaking about the forthcoming single country exhibition he said that this exhibition is aimed at enhancing bilateral trade and investment. The Made-in_Switzerland exchibition is a 3-day event which is being organize by the consulate general of Switzerland Global Enterprises in Zurich. The exhibi9tion will commence on Nov 25 at Marquee Hall of PC hotel which be concluding on Nov 27. The E-Commerce Gateway Pvt Ltd is one of the leading event organizers in Pakistan is the manager of the Made in Switzerland exhibi-

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entrepreneurs was rising by each passing day transforming the SPWCCI into a bigger forum engaged in assisting women entrepreneurs in resolving their problems and promoting business. TDAP Multan director Alamgir Khan said that TDAP was extending all kind of help to women entrepreneurs from information on new business opportunities, business expansion to potential lucrative markets through seminars, training workshops and foreign tours. President Dera Ghazi Khan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DGKCCI) Khawaja Anis, MCCI member Khawaja Younis, other industrialists besides notables of the city also attended the annual dinner of SPWCCI.

Pakistan should focus on emerging market of Asia

vestors in Pakistan. Over 20 Swiss companies are successfully operating here and have long term plans for further investment. Even though Swiss exports to Pakistan have been on decline since 2009 yet Pakistan exports to Switzerlnd were increasing about 20 percent annually, he pointed out. Speaking on the occasion Azeem Qureshi, the General Manager PC Karachi said that the exhibition is the part of PC efforts to create a diplomatic enclave at PC with the sole purpose of building up a clean and soft image of Pakistan abroad. PC will continue to organize such events with

other global players on none commercial basis just for the good of the country, he said. Present on the occasion were including Prsident of Swiss Business Council and CEO OF Clariant Pakistan Mujataba Rahim, who said that all the exhibitors are very excited about his event and have appriated the initiative. He also mentioned that another partner Switzerland Global Enterprise in Zurich has mandate from the Swiss Confederation for internationalization of Swiss firms and to foster exports, imports and investment is taking keen intret in this event and has put Pakistan top of the priority list.

Minister invites prospective buyers to visit Pakistan and defence industries

ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain, Gold Tezab 45,857.00 crafts are in great demand in Silver Tezabi 720.57 Senegal, Russian states and Wednesday, invited prospective buyers to visit Pakistan South Africa and South and defence industries. Gold Tezabi (24-Ct)45,860.00 Punjab women entrepreneurs While interacting with deland skilled work force can Gold 22 Ct 41,930.00 egates from different councapitalize on an opportunity SilverTezabi 770.00 tries to open up avenues of Silver Thobi 710.00 to attract foreign exchange to defence production during the country. This was stated his visit to Thailand Minisby Fatima Leghari, the ter said that Defence Producnewly-elected president of tion Industry of Pakistan was South Punjab Women Chamon a thriving path of ber of Commerce and Indusindigenization. try (SPWCCI) while address“Pakistan is producing ing the SPWCCI executive high class and low quality body meeting on the eve of defence equipment which annual dinner held here. can be offered to many counMs Leghari said she STAFF REPORTER tries opening areas of dewould strive hard to introduce fence production collaboraISLAMABAD—Britain has Pakistani products in the fortion” he added. more than 10,000 million- eign countries, including the In his key meetings with aires from among 2.72 mil- new emerging markets. Efworld class defence compaforts were afoot to prepare a lion Muslims contributing nies heads at the International 31 billion pounds or Rs 3.0 Defence Cooperation Exhibitrillion to its economy. tion on Defence and Security, ‘The Muslim Pound - How Rana Tanveer said that PakiMuslims Add Value to stan had a defence industry Britain’s Prosperity’ was which was coming of age. released by the Muslim “We not only produce high Council of Britain ahead of quality defence equipment the just-concluded 9th but are low cost and open to World Islamic Economic exports” he maintained. Forum Meet 2013 in LonThe Minister also invited don, The Times of India prospective buyers to visit reported. Pakistan and its defence inFive decades on, there dustries. The Minister are more than 10,000 milstressed that “Our industry lionaires and thousands is capable of producing of others are engaged in world calss air, land and sea higher managerial, admindefence systems and equipistrative and professional ment and the industry has lot occupations. of talent in terms of skilled “From coffee houses High Commissioner of Sri Lanka Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Jayalath Weerakkody pos- workers”.—Online in Elizabethan London to ing for a group photo with business community at RCCI. curry houses in modern day Britain, thousands of Muslim-owned businesses have made a significant contribution to the UK economy, and, by STAFF REPORTER extension, the cultural life of Britain,” the report K ARACHI —The trading acsaid. In London alone, an West for trade, but keeping in toric long-term project of coop- tivities in cotton market reSTAFF REPORTER estimated 33.6 percent of view the emerging markets and eration between the two coun- mained dull with easing spot small to medium enter- ISLAMABAD—Next century is huge business potential in tries and hoped that its materi- rate amid higher demand for prises are Muslim-owned. the century of Asia and Paki- Asia, we have to reassess our alization will open up the un- fine grades, traders at Karachi With over 13,400 Muslim- stan should give priority focus approach and focus to areas derdeveloped areas of Pakistan Cotton Association (KCA) owned businesses, they on the huge markets of Asia for which are closer to us and are to a new era of economic de- said. The buyers made deals have created more than promoting trade and exports. offering us immense scope for velopment and prosperity by for all grades during the trad70,000 jobs and some have This was stressed by Shaban trade. connection both countries ing session in all stations of gone to become big Khalid, President, Islamabad He said government through a network of highways Sindh and Punjab, while spot household brand names. Chamber of Commerce & In- should take urgent measures and railways. It will also create rate eased by Rs 50 per maund “There is an estimated dustry while addressing a two to address unnecessary bu- plenty of business opportuni- to Rs 6,400 per maund, trad10,000 Muslim millionaires day international work on “Do- reaucratic hurdles, corrup- ties for the entrepreneurs of ers added. The lint market was facing a correction phase as in the UK with liquid as- ing Business with China” at a tion, lack of good gover- both countries. sets of more than 3.6 bil- local hotel. nance, energy and all other He hoped that the work- fortnight lint arrival report lion pounds. And there are Islamabad Chamber of issues to facilitate promotion shop on “Doing Business with suggested better crop prosmore than a dozen British Commerce & Industry in col- of investment and business China” shall address and build pects for 2013-14 with slower Muslims listed in the 2013 laboration with COMSATS In- activities. Such hurdles are on salient features of Pak-China delivery of fine grades, floor Sunday Times Rich List of stitute of Information Technol- holding back many potential bilateral cooperation to help brokers said. Majority of the buyers the most affluent in the ogy, FPCCI & Tsinghua Uni- foreign investors from in- investors and entrepreneurs to UK. Some estimate the versity organized the workshop vesting in Pakistan despite explore new business opportu- and sellers were entangled in price war while deals for all amount that the commu- to facilitate increase in business good potential of high re- nities in both countries. nity is contributing to the between Pakistan and China. turns in our country. In this Senator Mushahid grades changed hands on UK economy to be about Shaban Khalid said Paki- age of competition, time is Hussain Syed, former Senator competitive prices in Sindh 31 billion pounds,” the re- stani entrepreneurs need to re- money for any business and Mr. Akram and many other dig- and Punjab stations at around port revealed. Another orient their focus on West ver- quick & easy facilitation mea- nitaries also spoke on the oc- Rs 6,125 per maund to Rs 6,475 114,548 Muslims in En- sus East and balance their ap- sures are needed to attract casion and highlighted the sig- per maund while production gland and Wales occupy proach based on the future more investment and promo- nificance of growing Pak-China of the lint in the ginneries of higher managerial, admin- potential and prospects for tion of business. relations, which are beneficial Sindh and Punjab remained istrative and professional business in East. For too long, ICCI President termed Pak- not only for both countries but steady at around 15,000 bales, floor brokers said. occupations with suc- we have been focusing on China Economic Corridor a his- for the whole region. cessful British Muslim entrepreneurs contributing not only to the country’s prosperity but also to the fabric of British society and act as role models, the report said. As per the 2011 Census, London had a total populaKhursheed Ahmed Shaikh that this issue has been raised Khursheed Ahmed explained AMANULLAH KHAN tion of around eight million, during their visit to KCCI, A. from time to time with various that the importers usually pay including one million Mus- KARACHI —President of the Abdullah Zaki assured that the concerned officials but to no sales tax at the port on arrival lims. Muslim connections Karachi Chamber of Commerce chamber will take up this issue avail, resulting in overburden- of consignment but it is highly from the Atlantic to the Pa- and Industry (KCCI), A. with concerned authorities by ing this industry and trigger- unfair that the importers recific have helped Britain fa- Abdullah Zaki has extended sending a joint delegation of ing anxiety amongst the busi- mains liable for six years even cilitate trade to new and full support to Pakistan Yarn KCCI and PYMA to Islamabad nessmen associated with yarn after dispatching the import emerging markets and the Merchants consignment to suppliers who Association in order to bring this issue to trade. community has created (PYMA) in resolving a major the notice of Chairman of FedChairman PYMA, later on sells it to any other new drivers for growth due issue pertaining to 2 percent eral Board of Revenue (FBR) Khursheed Ahmed, while businessmen. It is highly unto the requirements of the sales tax on commercial im- and concerned officers. stressing the need for main- fair to hold the importer reMuslim faith. Citing an ex- ports of raw material and 2 perAbdullah Zaki demanded taining good coordination be- sponsible for any subsequent ample, the report said that cent value addition sales tax level playing field to all stake- tween KCCI and PYMA, reit- fraud during the 6-year period, the need to have food ad- as these illegitimate taxes have holders, commercial importers erated that they must work to- which was either done by the hering to Muslim dietary resulted in raising the cost of as well as industrialists and gether to urge the decision supplier or by any other busirequirements has led to a doing business and this im- requested that the value addi- makers for reducing this ille- nessman who usually flee afburgeoning Halal food in- portant sector of the economy tion sales tax should not be gitimate sales tax from existing ter executing such fraudulent dustry to cater for this, was on the verge of collapse. more than 0.5 percent at import 2 percent to 0.5 percent so that practices. This illegitimate rule and a major share in the the businessmen could take a under Section 8-A requires Talking to a delegation of stage. $1.2 trillion global halal Pakistan Yarn Merchants AsPYMA delegation in- sigh of relief. thorough explanation by the lifestyle market. Referring to Section 8-A, authority. sociation led by its Chairman, formed KCCI Office Bearers M ULTAN —Pakistani handi-

tion and PC Hoel is the host of the event. More than 40 companies are going to showcase and introduce their wide range of Swiss products and service which are well known throughout mthe world for their innovation, quality and reliability. This single country exhibition is one of the lrgest of its kind in recent history in Karachi is an ideal platform for businessmen to meet Swiss companies that manufacture and provide a broad spectrum of products and services, he said. The Swiss diplomat further said that Switzerland is among the top five largest in-

Spot rate eases by Rs 50

KCCI extends support to yarn merchants on taxation issues

Consulate General of Switzerland Didier Boschung addresses apress conference at Pearl Continental Hotel. General Manager Azeem Qureshi and President of Swiss Business Council Mujtaba Rahim are also present on the occasion.—PO photo by Sultan Chaki

Veteran trade leader ends hunger strike

No future sans education S TAFF REPORTER I S L A M A B A D — Ve t e r a n trade leader Jahangir Akhtar who started hunger strike recently ended on Thursday. The strike was held it due to non-cooperative attitude of the leaders of business community. He had tried to convince the business community to pay from their pocket for the promotion of education which will help eradicate lawlessness and social evils. Speaking at the occasion, he said that Pakistan’s society is going astray while intolerance has crossed all limits which

are the earlier signs of a failed state. He said that 25 million youth lacks opportunity to join schools, million are involved in child labour while tens of millions of illustrate cannot earn enough to feed themselves therefore falling prey to crimes. Jahangir Akhtar said that rulers lack inclination or resources to turnaround situation therefore masses will have to help themselves to save their life and property and secure a prosperous future for next generations. Government, he said, hasn’t been utilising human and resource potential

Carriage train operations between Islamabad , Istanbul to be restored in December S TAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique had a meeting with Ambassador of Turkey to Pakistan, S. Babar Hizlan and discussed Pakistan’s vision of a modern, advanced and well-equipped railway. In the meeting, which continued for an hour, the issue of regional connectivity was discussed thoroughly and it was decided that carriage train operations between Islamabad and Istanbul will be restored in December this year. This will help facilitate the regional economic connectivity and will save considerable time in exporting goods from one country to another. The Minister was of the view that the restoration of rail link will

strengthen the historic bonds of brotherhood and cooperation between the two countries. The Minister said that Pakistan Railways has planned to up-grade Quetta-Taftan Railway track for which Pakistan Railways requires the cooperation of Turkish rail companies and Pakistan will welcome their investment. He further discussed the need to upgrade training academies of Pakistan Railways to impart modern training courses to the officers and staff of Railways. He said that Pakistan will look forward for cooperation from Turkish organizations in this regard. The Minister reiterated his firm belief that he will leave no stone unturned to make the Islamabad-Istanbul railway carriage service a success.

while focusing on printing currency and getting loans which has made life of ordinary man very difficult. Pakistan’s population would be 300 million by 2050 which will result in collapsed services and infrastructure which will put the existence of country at stake, he warned. Only way to avoid the disaster is the arm youth with quality education for which whole society and business community in particular would have to sacrifice a small part of their income otherwise they would be on the mercy of criminals and terrorists with intolerant ideologies.

Exports of surgical, medical instruments surge STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The exports of surgical goods and medical instruments from the country grew by 7.13 percent in first three months of current financial year as compared to the same period of last year. During the period from July-September, 2013, surgical goods and medical instruments worth $80.105 million were exported as compared to $74.771 million exports of same period of last financial year. According the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, country earned $411.51 million by exporting chemicals and pharm products which was up by 120.85 percent as compared to $186.33 million during same period last year. During the period under review, the exports of cutlery goods increased by 5.35 percent.

Minister of State of Commerce Engr. Khurram Dastagir addressing a press conference.

Miandad considering to run as PCB Chairman KARACHI—Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad, who is also Director General in Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is considering to run for position of the Chairman in the upcoming elections of the board. “There is a lot of pressure on me from Pakistan cricket fans, ex-cricketers and wellwishers to run for the position of Chairman-PCB in upcoming PCB Elections,” he said in statement issued on Wednesday. “I am giving it a serious thought.I will take a final decision once the current ambiguous situation with regard to PCB Chairman Elections settles down and clarifies,” it said. “I would like to further emphasise that PCB belongs to cricketers and it is sad that employees even former cricketers are being relieved of their jobs putting them in fi-

nancial problems,” the statement added. “I believe that PCB is not bankrupt and can easily accommodate all its employees.I have previously said as well that even if PCB feels that employees are burden on it then it should remove top ranks rather than low grade employees,” the statement further elaborated. “I had offered to step down to save jobs of PCB employees previously,” it said. “Someone is ‘misguiding’ the current management for sure. I consider that this is not the right to make employees jobless; once things are settled only that the performance of employees can be effectively evaluated,” it maintained. “Whole world is utilizing their former cricketers under the umbrella of their Boards but we are not be-

ing able to do that,” the statement said. “Honourable Nawaz Sharif the Prime Minister of Pakistan is a Cricketer himself and lover of the game.I have met him several times and I am confident that If I choose to run for the Chairman PCB I will first meet the Honorable PM Nawaz Sharif and take his advice and would take him in confidence,” Javed Miandad’s statement, said. “I have always been sacrificing and never ran after titles; in my playing days I used to step down from captaincy but stilI gave 200% for Pakistan even under other captain. So, the position of Chairman PCB does not attract me at all; If I decide to go for that the driving force shall only be betterment of Cricket in Pakistan,” the statement concluded.—APP

PCB not renewed contract of Moin-ul-Atiq KARACHI—Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Wednesday informed three of its contractual employees working at National Stadium here that their contract is not being renewed. According to details gathered, contract of former international cricketer Moinul-Atiq, serving as a sports psyhcologist in Karachi has not been renewed. 49-year-old Moin a qualfied Sports Management degree holder from England was inducted into services by ex-Chairman of PCB Zaka Ashraf over a year ago. Moin was also attached with PCB on an assignment basis to deliver lecture to Pakistan Under-19 other teams during the past five years. Opener Moin-ul-Atiq played five ODIs and 145 first games at the domestic circuit Similarly, the contract of Khawar Javed, working in DG PCB Office in Karachi and adminstration officer Ansar Ahmed also not have been RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani giving runner up trophy to Dr Khurram Kaleem organzed by Army Chief Golf Club. renewed.—APP

Sindh Women’s Swimming Championship KARACHI—The 21st Palmolive Sindh Women’s Swimming Championship came to an end today at Karachi Gymkhana. This competition was organized by Karachi Women’s Swimming Association (KWSA) & sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive (Pak) Ltd. The final prize distribution ceremony was graced by Ms. Fawzia Naqvi. The chief guest was not only impressed by the performance of the participants, but also applauded KWSA (Karachi Women’s Swimming Association) for their continuous efforts to promote female sports in Pakistan. Mr. Zulfiqar Lakhani, MD of Colgate Palmolive Pakistan Ltd., also KARACHI: Ms Fauzia Naqvi, Zulfiqar Lakheni MD of Colgate Palmolive with the play- graced the occasion with his presence. ers at the Prize distribution ceremony. This two day event was made successful especially by the participation of the highly competitive and enthusiastic 228 children and 21 institutions, who exceeded all expectations by performing way beyond the par and by setting new records for the future participants to compete against.—Agencies K ARACHI —Pakistan’s bat- tional Stadium Karachi and ting supremo,” Zaheer titled “Asian ting legend and former cap- now looking forward to see Abbas tain Zaheer Abbas has been him in action in his last Test Bradman” for his prolific invited to witness the 200th match,” he said. “It was a scoring, commented. He said both Don and farewell Test match of pleasure to watch Sachin in India batting maestro Sachin action because of his Bradman of Australia and history’s most accomplish- Sachin Tendulkar are greatTendulkar. “I got an invitation from ments batsman with 110 in- est batsmen of their time. “Cricket was altogether KARACHI—The scrutiny of News X and India News ternational centuries to his channels to witness and credit,” Zaheer Abbas, who 50 or 75 years ago as bats- Karachi Hockey clubs will be comment on Sachin’s accom- is only batsman from sub- men played without protect- held at Hockey Club of Pakiplishments in the sports,” he continent to score 100 first ing gears and helmets,” he stan on Nov 10 at 10 am, Chairclass centuries, said. Sachin remarked. man of the committee Latafat told APP on Wednesday. He said Sachin never Ali announced on Wednesday. Maherndra Singh Tendulkar made 15 before Pakistan Hockey FederaDhoni’s Indian team will take being bowled by express seek any batting advise bowler Waqar when he met him. tion (PHF) has appointed comon West Indies team in the fast However, he recalled that mittee for holding the scrutiny second Test at Wankhede Younis.Ex-Pakistan captain Stadium in Mumbai from Nov Imran Khan hit an unbeaten it another former Indian skip- as part of federation’s forth14 to 18 which will mark 109 and India commentator per Muhammad Azharuddin, coming elections. Olympian Salim Sherwani, Sachin’s 200th and last Test Sanjay Majrekar slammed who received tips and advise 113 not out in that drawn from him. “I changed Azhar’s international Muhammad Ali, match. “I had watched Sachin in Test match. “Without any grip when he came to tour Muhammad Naeem and action when he made his doubt Sachin Tendulkar is Pakistan in late eighties,” he Junaid are members of the scrutiny committee.—APP Test debut in 1989 at Na- modern era’s greatest bat- concluded.—APP

Zaheer Abbas invited for Sachin’s 200th Test match

Karachi Hockey Club’s scrutiny on Nov 10

Leg-spin wizard praises Razzaq’s inclusion in team I SLAMABAD —The leg-spin ing legend Abdul Qadir, while praising all-rounder Abdul Razzaq’s inclusion in the team said the captain should utilize him properly by providing consistent chances. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday had announced the Twenty-20 squad for South Africa series including Razzaq in the team. Razzaq, 33, had been kept out of the team after the T-20-2012 World Cup in Sri Lanka in a rift against short format Captain Mohammad Hafeez. Besides imposition of fine of Rs 1 lakh he was sidelined from the squad after speak-

against Hafeez publically.The matter however was resolved by the the then PCB Chief Zaka Ashraf. Overall, Razzaq has played thirty T20s during which he has scored 383 runs at a strike rate of 119.68 and has taken 20 wickets. While appreciating the return of Abdul Razzaq, the former chief selector, Abdul Qadir said, “Razzaq is a match winner and I am happy for his inclusion in the team. Now the captain should utilize him properly by providing consistent chances to him,” Qadir told a private news channel. Abdul Qadir further said that if he had the authority

he would have appointed Razzaq as the ODI skipper with Afridi as the captain of the T20 outfit. The former chief selector said Kamran Akmal is out of favour despite his good performances. “Muhammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik and Sohail Tanvir are in the team despite failures,” he said, adding, Younus Khan and Abdul Razzaq had also been treated harshly in the recent past. Responding to a question, the legendary leg-spinner praised South Africa’s Imran Tahir saying his match winning spell in the second test was ‘artistic’. —APP

Royal CC, Qasmi CC in All Karachi T20 cricket final K ARACHI —Royal Cricket perb all-round show by Arif Hussain 13, Sajid Khurhid 3Club and Qasmi CC sailed into the final of All Karachi T20 Cricket Tournament after victories in the semi-finals at Aga Khan Gymkhana Ground on Tuesday. Royal CC defeated Students CC by 3 wickets thanks to an attacking 17-ball cameo of 31 with three fours and two sixes by Mohsin Zaheer.Muhammad Ali smashed four fours and brace of sixes in his 30- ball 49 for the losers. In the other semi-final, Qasmi CC beat Soni Associates by 16 runs despite su-

Khan.Arif captured two wickets for 42 runs and blasted 81 in 51 deliveries studded with nine fours and four sixes. Mirza Shoaib cracked 64 in 43 balls spiced with three fours and four sixes and Waqas Haroon plundered 61 in 34 balls and it was laced five boundaries and four sixes in Qasmi CC’s victory. Summarised scores: Royal CC bt Students CC by 3 wickets. Student CC 114 all out in 20 overs (Muhammad Ali 49, Tausif Khan 13, Shahzad

10, Ejaz Ahmed 2-16, Syed Shariq Ali 2-29) Royal CC 1187 in 18.1 overs (Mohsin Zaheer 31, Muhammad Aslam 26, Akib Rizvi 20, Usaid Ahmed 3-17, Shahzad Hussain 2-37, Afnan Ahmed 2-29). Qasmi CC bt Soni Associates by 16 runs. Qasmi CC 198-4 in 20 overs (Mirza Shoaib 64, Waqas Haroon 61, Kamran Hussain 36, Arif Khan 2-42) Soni Associates 182-8 in 20 overs (Arif Khan 81, Muhammad Arif 39, Rizwan Qureshi 3-38, Rizwan Khan 3-22, Junaid Naeem 246).—APP

NBP hold PAF to 1-1 draw ALAM ZEB SAFI

KARACHI—National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), after a few successive defeats, finally showed some grace on the field when they held Pakistan Air Force (PAF) to a 1-1 draw in their match of the Pakistan Premier Football League here at the Korangi Baloch Football Ground in Sharafi Goth. Discarded international Farooq Shah put NBP ahead in the seventh minute. However, PAF fought back strongly and equalised through Irfan Ali in the 35th minute. At half time the match was evenly poised at 1-1. After the breather, both sides made concerted efforts but failed to add to their tally. But Nasir was not satisfied with the schedule of the league. “We lost four of our five previous games we played after a one day gap. But for today’s game we had three days and we made good recovery. Now we will play our next match after 12 days’ gap, on November 17. We are to disband the camp and when the players come back three days before our next show their fitness will again LARKANA: A view of cricket match between Sukkur and Karachi Cricket teams during All Pakistan Inter-Board be not good. This is the probGirls Cricket Championship-2013 played at PCB ground organized by Larkana Board of Intermediate and Second- lem with the schedule. I think ary Education. three days gap between

matches will be a good option,” Nasir said. The single point helped National Bank to move to 17 points from 13 matches. PAF coach Shehzad Anwar said that they missed a few easy chances. “We were unlucky not to grab full points. We dominated the second half, but in its first five minutes our strikers Mansoor Khan, Mujahid and Irfan missed easy chances,” Shehzad said. PAF, with the single point, stretched their tally to 15 from nine matches. Here at the KMC Stadium, Nushki’s Baloch FC recorded their fourth win when they defeated Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) 2-1 to move to 13 points from 14 appearances. Baloch FC went ahead in the seventh minute through a goal from Fazal Mohammad before Asif Khan doubled their lead in the 29th minute. ZTBL, who missed several chances, pulled one back in the 35th minute. At half time Baloch FC had 2-1 edge. In the 52nd minute referee Abdul Ghafoor sent off Baloch FC’s Fazal Mohammad with a red card. A match official said that Fazal was red-carded for using foul language against the

referee. But Baloch FC manager Shoaib said such language was not used by his player. A hot debate was witnessed between Baloch FC manager Shoaib and match commissioner Shakoor Baloch over the decision of the referee. Baloch FC coach Khalid Nawaz also joined them. The match commissioner prepared a report against the Baloch FC management, to be sent to the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF). In the last few minutes ZTBL missed three open net chances that cost them the game. “It was not our day as we missed a handful of easy chances,” ZTBL coach Najeebullah Najmi told this correspondent. The loss left ZTBL at 17 points from 15 matches. Lyallpur FC held Pak Afghan Clearing Agency (PACA) to a goalless draw here at the KPT Stadium. Lyallpur FC moved to nine points from 15 matches, while PACA advanced to 12 points after 13 outings. At both KMC Stadium and KPT Stadium, one minute silence was observed by the teams to pay tribute to former PIA coach Nawab Karimuddin who died here on Monday.

Dilawar to head Davis Cup selection committee K ARACHI —Senator Syed Dilawar Abbas, Patron Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF), will head the Pakistan Davis Cup team’s selection committee. Previously PTF Senior Vice President Khwaja Saeed Hai was to head the body, but he stepped down because of personal engagements. Syed Kaleem Imam, President PTF, requested Dilawar to head the selection committee. Pakistan are to play against Vietnam in the Davis Cup tie from February 14 to 16 next year. The trials for the selection of the team will be held from November 7-12 at Pakistan Sports Complex Tennis Courts in Islamabad. Six top-ranked players have been invited along with four wild card players, one from each province. Pakistan’s top tennis players Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan are exempted from the trials. Davis Cup Selection Committee: Dilawar Abbas (Chairman), Mumtaz Yousaf, Nadir Mumtaz, Mushaf Kishal Zia, Arif Qureshi (Members), Khalil Chughtai (Coordinator), Shahzad Alvi (Referee).—APP

Foxy clinch bridge title K ARACHI —Foxy drove to victory in the latest edition of the Weekend Team Championship conducted on Swiss Movement by the Karachi Bridge Association (KBA) here at the Aslam Bridge Hall, housed in the National Stadium. According to the details made available by the Mind Sports Association of Pakistan (MSAP), Foxy, comprising A K Bhurgri, Yasser Usmani, F A Naeem and Khalid Zaki, won the contest by scoring 60.88 Victory Points (VPs). Deuces (60.42 VPs) and Masood IV (60.19 VPs) finished second and third, respectively, as both teams won and lost two matches each. Foxy started off at a crushing speed from the outset and maintained their winning spree in top gear. A K Bhurgri and Yasser Usmani did the business with the support of their regular pair of F A Naeem and Khalid Zaki. They began the campaign by securing as many as 18.28 VPs out of possible 20 against Rizwan IV in the opening round before defeating Masood IV in the second round with 11.85 VPs. In the third encounter they defeated another title hopeful, Deuces, who have been in form lately. In the fourth and final segment Abedies offered some resistance but failed to prevent them from registering fourth straight win and return home undefeated.—APP

N Zealand end Bangladesh tour with Twenty20 win smashed 59 off 31 balls to lift the Black Caps to 204-5, their second-highest total in Twenty20 cricket behind the 214-6 against Australia in 2010. The tourists, beaten in all three one-day internationals after a drawn two-Test series, restricted Bangladesh to 189Ziaur Rahman b Southee 6 9 in front of some 35,000 disNew Zealand innings: Devcich b Razzak .......... 59 Mominul b McClenaghan 9 appointed home fans at the Rutherford b Sohag ...... 17 Mushfiqur b Anderson 50 Sher-e-Bangla National StaTaylor c Naeem b Ziaur 28 Naeem c Southee b Mills 18 dium. C. Munro not out .......... 73 Nasir c & b McCullum .. 28 Set a target of more than C. Anderson b Al-Amin 18 Mahmudullah b Anderson34 10 runs an over, Ronchi c & b Al-Amin .... 0 Sohag Gazi run out ....... 24 Bangladesh made a shaky Mashrafe not out ............ 7 N. McCullum not out ...... 0 start when they lost three Extras: (lb2 w7) ................ 9 Razzak b Southee ............ 0 wickets in the first two overs Total: (five wickets) .... 204 Al-Amin not out .............. 5 for 19 runs. Fall of wickets: 1-73, 2-83 3- Extras: (lb3, w1) ............... 4 Southee, who finished Total: (nine wickets) ... 189 with three for 38 dismissed 176 4-200, 5-200 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Fall of wickets: 1-4 2-11, 3- both openers Shamsur Mashrafe .............. 4-0-46-0 19, 4-62, 5-116, 6-120, 7-177, Rahman and Ziaur Rahman in Sohag .................... 3-0-30-1 8-177, 9-183. the first over before Mitchell Al-Amin ................ 4-0-31-2 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W McClenaghan removed Nasir ...................... 1-0-16-0 Southee ................ 4-0-38-3 Mominul Haque in the secMahmudullah ...... 4-0-34-0 McClenaghan ...... 3-0-45-1 ond. Razzak ................... 2-0-19-1 Mills ...................... 4-0-32-1 Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim Ziaur ...................... 2-0-26-1 McCullum ............. 2-0-18-1 and Nasir Hossain retrieved Devcich ................ 3-0-32-0 the situation, but their disBangladesh innings: Shamsur b Southee ......... 4 Anderson ............. 4-0-21-2 missals in successive overs

D HAKA —Colin Munro and Anton Devcich hit half-centuries and Tim Southee grabbed three wickets as New Zealand ended their Bangladesh tour with a 15-

run victory in the Twenty20 match in Dhaka on Wednesday. Munro returned unbeaten on 73 off 39 balls after debutant Devcich had

sent Bangladesh reeling. Mushfiqur fell to Corey Anderson after making 50 off 29 balls, his maiden Twenty20 half-century, which contained seven fours and a six. Nathan McCullum took a brilliant return catch in the next over to oust Nasir for 28 off 20 balls. Munro, a 26-year old left-hander, hit three fours and five sixes for the Black Caps, as he built on the 10 boundaries and a six hit by Devcich. Bangladesh were left to rue shoddy catching after debutant Al-Amin Hossain dropped Devcich, who was then on six, in Mashrafe Mortaza’s first over. Al-Amin made amends by grabbing two wickets in the final over to finish with 2-31 in his four overs. New Zealand now travel to Sri Lanka for three onedayers and two Twenty20 internationals starting on November 10.—AFP

Cook, Carberry unbeaten against Anton Devcich struck 59 off 31 balls at the start of the New Zealand innings against Bangladesh during the Australia A MIRPUR: only T20I match on Wednesday. HOBART (Australia)—Skipper Alastair Cook scored a half-century in an unbeaten opening stand with Michael Carberry as England made a strong start in their tour match against Australia A in Hobart Wednesday. The tourists were 91 without loss at lunch after winning the toss, with Cook on 53 off 97 balls and Carberry, preferred as opener to Joe Root, on 35 from 91 balls. England had an easy time against the Australia A bowlers under sunny skies after drawing their opening tour match against the WA MELBOURNE: Race favourite Fiorente (L) runs past Red Cadeaux to win the $ 5.7 Chairman’s XI in Perth.—AFP million Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse.

Japanese aces Darvish, Iwakuma named award finalists NEW YORK CITY—Japanese ists by the media panel. star right-handed pitchers Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers and Hisashi Iwakuma of Seattle were among those named finalists on Tuesday for Major League Baseball’s top post-season awards. Darvish, Iwakuma and Detroit’s Max Scherzer were named finalists by the Baseball Writers Association of America for the American League’s Cy Young Award given to the circuit’s top pitcher. Adam Wainwright of St. Louis, Miami rookie Jose Fernandez and Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers were named the National League Cy Young final-

Both award winners will be revealed on November 13. Iwakuma, a 32-year-old right-hander, went 14-6 with a 2.66 earned-run average and 185 strikeouts over 219 2/3 innings for the Mariners this season. “He’s special,” Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager said. “Ever since he became a regular starter, he’s been one of the best pitchers in the game. You get guys talking about how nasty he is and how the ball’s moving all over the place and you can’t get a good swing on him. “That’s about as good a compliment as you can get.”

Iwakuma went 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA over his final eight starts and did not allow a run in 23 consecutive innings over his final three games. He was the only pitcher with two streaks of more than 20 scoreless innings this season in the major leagues. “One of my ultimate goals was to stay healthy through the long course of the season and stay in the rotation and I was able to accomplish that,” Iwakuma said through a translator. “I’m very happy for that.” Darvish, a 27-year-old right-hander, went 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA and a majorleague-leading 277 strikeouts over 209 2/3 innings.—AFP

Chinese Olympic champion’s ban extended

B EIJING —China’s sports authorities have suspended double Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang from competition, national team training and commercial activities, reports said Wednesday, after he was given seven days’ detention for driving without a licence. The move by the General Administration of Sport’s swimming agency broadens an indefinite competition suspension by Sun’s sports college. Sun became a huge star in China after winning the 400m and 1500m freestyle golds at London 2012, and took three titles at the world championships earlier this year.—AFP

Djokovic terms Troicki’s doping ban ridiculous L ONDON —Novak Djokovic ity of the situation but found be just fine. has made a scathing attack on the anti-doping programme in tennis in a furious response to his fellow Serb Viktor Troicki’s ban for missing a drugs test. World number two Djokovic was shocked to hear on Wednesday that Troicki had been told by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) that he must serve a 12-month ban. Troicki had originally been suspended for 18 months by an International Tennis Federation anti-doping tribunal but had appealed to CAS to have the sanction overturned. He refused to take a blood test at the Monte Carlo Masters in April because he was feeling unwell and has a severe phobia of needles. The player has always maintained the doping control officer (DCO) had assured him he would not face punishment. The CAS panel accepted the DCO should have made sure he understood the grav-

he had committed a doping offence. The verdict came only 11 days after Croatia’s Marin Cilic had his ban for failing a doping test reduced from nine months to four months by CAS. Djokovic has been one of Troicki’s most vocal supporters and, following his victory over Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, he made it clear he had lost all faith in the antidoping process. “It’s very bad news that we got for him, and for me, for all of us who are close to him,” Djokovic said. “But I think it’s just not bad news for him, it proves again that this system does not work. “First of all, he’s not positive on any banned substance. I’m not saying that it’s completely not his fault. “She (the DCO) did not clearly present him all the severe consequences that he will have if he avoids that. She told him that he needs to write a report and that he will

“And because of her negligence and because of her unprofessionalism, he is now off the tour for one year. And now it makes me nervous as a player to do any kind of test. “I don’t have trust in them anymore. I don’t have trust in what’s going on. “I don’t know if tomorrow the (anti-doping) representative, because of their unprofessionalism, because of their negligence, because of their inability to explain the rules in a proper way, I don’t know if they’re going to misplace the test that I have or anything worse than that. “For me, the whole procedure of the court case is totally against the player and player ’s rights. “Now in Viktor’s case, he’s going to be sanctioned until July next year, and this lady, the DCO, she’s going to come back tomorrow for the job. Nobody is going to answer for that. Only him. Why? “For me, this is total injustice. It’s just incredible.”

Real Madrid draw against Juventus, Manchester city advance ahead

T URIN —Cristiano Ronaldo kept his goalscoring run going on Tuesday as he helped Real Madrid to an entertaining 2-2 draw at Juventus that left his side on the verge of qualification for the Champions League knockout stages. Juventus dominated in the first period and Iker Casillas made two crucial saves but Arturo Vidal gave the Italian side a deserved halftime lead from the penalty spot after Paul Pogba was fouled by Raphael Varane. Ronaldo leveled for Madrid with his 21st goal in 16 matches this season and set up another minutes later as Gareth Bale put Carlo Ancelotti’s side in front. Madrid’s lead lasted just five minutes before Fernando Llorente headed in the equaliser for Juventus. ‘’I feel very good, I’m in a very good moment of my career,’’ Ronaldo said. ‘’It’s my profession, I try to do my best every year, I want to show everyone that I am a good player and that I always give my best for my team. ‘’In the first half we didn’t play well, we played too deeply, too defensively. The coach told us we LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) goes in for a basket against Houston needed to play better. We were good in the second half, scored Rockets during the first half at Staples Centre.

TURIN: Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring against Juventus during their Champions League soccer match at Juventus stadium.. two goals, hit the woodwork, beat Galatasaray 1-0. we had a good response. We ‘’We need to beat are practically in the next Copenhagen at home and then round, we need one point, I play for everything against think it’s almost impossible that Galatasaray,’’ Juventus coach we won’t qualify.’’ Madrid Antonio Conte said. ‘’We dropped its first points but re- should be fortified because we mains top of Group B with 10 had a great performance and a points, while Juventus slips to good result against a really bottom spot after Copenhagen strong team.—AFP

Irfan bouncer puts Smith out of ODI series A BU D HABI —South Africa withdrew former captain and opener Graeme Smith from the remainder of the one-day series against Pakistan, an official said Wednesday. The 32-year-old suffered

a blow on the head off a Pakistan’s paceman Mohammad Irfan’s bouncer during his epic 234 in the second Test in Dubai last month, a match which South Africa won to level the series 1-1. He managed to play the first two one-days in the fivematch series but was withdrawn before the third match played in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Team manager Mohammed Moosajee said Smith suffered post-concussion. “Graeme was symptom free after the blow except for a mild headache and tests at the time allowed him to continue playing. However, seven days post-injury, during the second one-day in Dubai he started complaining of blurred vision which progressed to dizziness, unsteadiness on his feet and difficulty focusing,” said Moosajee. “The MRI Scan was clear, however it is in keeping with the assessment of Post-Concussion Syndrome, which is usually a clinical diagnosis. Post-Concussion Syndrome can be described as a collection of symptoms that some people develop after they have experienced a minor traumatic brain injury otherwise known as concussion. “Graeme will leave the tour on Thursday, and has been advised a rest period of at least two weeks by the medical team. He will continuously be monitored in the interim.” Smith was replaced by left-handed opener Quinton de Kock in the third match while Henry Davids will fly in as replacement for the remainder of the one-days. Smith has so far played 112 Tests and 195 one-day matches for South Africa.— AFP

Young men may have unrecognised eating disorders


ATING disorders are most often associ ated with young women, but a new study suggests young men can also become obsessed with their appearance and go to extremes to enhance their bodies. The problem can resemble a traditional eating disorder or involve use of drugs and supplements, according to U.S. researchers, and it tends to go along with depression, binge drinking and recreational drugs. “The results of our studies would suggest we need to be thinking more broadly about eating disorders and consider males as well,” Alison Field, the study’s lead author, said. She is an associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital. Classical eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, in which a person refuses to eat, and bulimia nervosa, in which someone binge-eats then purges through vomiting or laxative use. “For a lot of males, what they’re striving for is different than females,” Field said. “They’re probably engaged in something different than purging.” It has been estimated that one in every 10 cases of an eating disorder occurs in men. For the new study, Field and her colleagues used survey responses collected between 1999 and 2011 to see what concerns teenage boys had about their bodies. Field’s team also wanted to know if eating disorders were tied to later unhealthy behaviors, such as drug and alcohol use. The surveys were answered every one to three years by 5,527 boys who were between ages 12 and 18 at the start of the study in 1999.

The researchers found that 31 percent of the teens had - at some point - binged on food or purged. About 9 percent reported a high level of concern with their body’s muscularity and about 2 percent were both concerned about muscularity and had used some type of supplement, growth hormone derivative or anabolic steroid to enhance it. Use of those products rose to about 8 percent when the researchers looked just at 16 to 22 year olds. “The results from this study would suggest that males who are extremely concerned about their physiques are doing or using things that may or may not be healthy,” Field said. “There are a whole range of products available online that we don’t know if they’re healthy or not,” she said. “We know when a lot of them are tested, they’re not what they’re marketed to be.” Those young men who used enhancement products were also more likely than their peers to binge drink and use drugs, the researchers found. In her mind, Field said the behavior of those young men could be the male equivalent of binge-and-purge disorders, because they’re using the products to alter their bodies. About 6 percent of the young men surveyed said that in addition to muscularity, they were also concerned about their thinness. Overall, though, young men were more likely to be focused on muscularity and that concern increased with age. Between 2 percent and 3 percent were concerned only about their thinness.

Counsel General of Japan Akira Quchi called on Speaker Provincial Assembly Agha Siraj Khan Durrani.

Ouchi calls on Speaker Sindh Assembly KARACHI—The Consul General of Japan in Karachi, Akira Ouchi, called on Speaker Sindh Assembly, Agha Siraj Khan Durrani, in his office here on Wednesday. An official statement said that they exchanged views on matters of bilateral interests. The Acting Secretary of Sindh Assembly, G.M. Umar Farooq, was also present during the meeting. The Speaker presented an ‘Ajrak’ , Sindhi cap and a shield to the Consul General. The Japanese Consul General also visited the historical Assembly Hall on the occasion.—APP

Artist Jamil gives major gift to Fomma Trust Security personnel frisking people coming to listen Majlis-e-Aza at Nishtar Park.

Vehicle stickers for mourners’ processions KARACHI—Deputy Inspector stickers from November 9 to 11 ments/ articles at Scouts Rabta General of Police (Traffic) has issued instructions for obtaining vehicles’ stickers for participation in the processions of Muharram-ul-Haram 8, 9 and 10 (November 13, 14, 15) which will be taken out from Nishter Park to Hussainian Iranian Imambargah, Kharadar on Ashura. A press release issued here on Wednesday said that it will be mandatory to get stickers to be displayed on wind screen of their vehicles. The Law Enforcement Agencies, District Administration etc (government vehicles), ambulances and media organisations will submit their applications for

in the office of the DIGP/ Traffic (Traffic Security Branch) Police Headquarters, Garden, Aga Khan-III Road, Karachi and obtain the stickers on November 12. It said that the government organisations will provide departmental request letters mentioning vehicles list, while ambulance services, media etc, will provide attested copies of Registration Book, CNIC of the owner, drivers’ CNIC, Driving License alongwith 3 photographs for obtaining the stickers. However, the vehicles of scouts, welfare organisations, and sabeels’ organisers shall submit their application forms along with below mentioned docu-

Council Office at Numaish (Contact No. 0213-5499955) from November 9 to 11, 2013, and get the receipt. The stickers can be collected from office of the DIGP/ Traffic (Traffic Security Branch) Police Headquarters Garden, Aga Khan-III Road, Karachi from November 12 to 14, 2013. To get the stickers for scouts organisations, welfare organisations, sabeels, nazar and niaz distributing vehicles etc, original CNIC, receipt of Scout Rabita Council and letter- pad of the organisation will be shown and copy of CNIC and SRC original receipt will be deposited for collecting sticker.—APP

OBSERVER REPORT KARACHI—The Fomma Trust has been offered a gift of 106 “Calligraphic Paintings” by the renowned Pakistani artist Jamil Naqsh — currently living in London. These will form part of a “Permanent Collection” of donated works of art which the Fomma Trust is planning to set up early in the New Year. The paintings will be initially housed at the Fomma Trust’s Art History & Documentation Centre (AHDC) premises in the Race Course Grounds, next to the Shapes Gymnasium on Adam Road. An exhibition of selected works from the proposed “Permanent Collection” will be on display from time to time at the Fomma-DHA Art Centre (FDAC) in Zamzama Park.

Nadir to hold big fair of Bhutto family photos

KARACHI—Senior leader of Pakistan Peoples Party and Member of Sindh Assembly (MPA) Mir Nadir Khan Magsi on Wednesday said that he will organise an exhibition of a big collection of Bhutto family photos at his native town Shahdadkot after the Moharramul- Haram. This shall provide an opportunity to people especially of Qambar- Shahdadkot district and of the adjoining areas to see the history of the Bhutto family in pictures, he said. Magsi expressed these views while witnessing the photos on display here at National Museum. The Bhutto family’s political journey as well as their private family life has been widely portrayed through these pictures collected by Agha Feroze Empress Market Saddar wears a deserted look during rally of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat Ahmed and contributed by various PPP leaders.—APP on martyrdom day of Hazrat Umar (RA).

End of feudalism inevitable to usher development STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Speakers at a consultation on land and resource rights Wednesday expressed concern over increasing landholding by big landlords and underlined the need to abolish the feudal system because it is the main cause of under development in the country especially in Sindh and Balochistan provinces, where big land lords have acquired political powers but do not allow development. The speakers included senior economist and Advisor to Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Kaiser Bengali, Sadiqa Salahuddin of Indus Resource Centre, Karamat Ali of Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER), Secretary General of Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) Taj Haider and other were speaking

at a Consultation on “Responding to the Development Deficit in Sindh: A Dialogue on Land and Resource Rights,” organized by PILER at a local hotel. Dr Bengali gave a presentation about a survey conducted by PILER on the land ownership pattern in seven districts of Pakistan, three in Sindh, two in Punjab, one each in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The survey has revealed that feudalism exists in Sindh and Balochistan in its worst form, where as the situation in Southern Punjab and KPK is quite different. We had witnessed a big change in Southern Punjab that there is very low number of tenants of agriculture land, where tendency of lessee has also increased, he added, Dr Bengali said wherever tenancy farming exist there is no

development, because peasants do not get incentives of their labour. “When I was in the government in Sindh I found that big landlords do not want development in Sindh,” he remarked. Sadiqa Salahuddin of Indus Resource Centre (IRC) said during the 2010 floods her organization had worked in a relief camp in Khairpur. Out of 195 families, only five had their own land, most of the affectees were peasants and were working on the lands of the most powerful and influential persons who were either in the assemblies or were politicians in the leading political parties. She pointed out that it was incorrect to say that people in rural Sindh do not want to leave their villages. People are devoid of all facilities like education, health and family planning etc. in their villages.

Govt maps street children to asses their number KARACHI—Sindh government is extremely serious about mapping the street children in the province so as to assess their exact number and area wise existence, said Secretary for Social Welfare Department Noor Mohammad Legahri while discussing arrangements being made for Universal Children Day 2013. Talking to a delegation of Azad Foundation that was also accompanied by Chris Rose, cofounder of Street Child World Cup 2014, the secretary said provincial government was also in a

process of finalising Sindh Child Protection Authority Structure where there will be a separate street children wing, with specific reference to their health and educational needs. He on the occasion invited NGOs working for upliftment of street children, including Azad Foundation to sign MoU under which they may become a major shareholder in the work and strategy implementation for street children. “The partnership would be with specific reference to provi-

sion for guidelines, feedback, technical and strategic support,” said the provincial secretary for social welfare department. Azad Foundation representatives including Syed Irfan Maqbool, Syed Muhammad Ali Bilgrami and Farrukh Ahsan Bukhari referred to the Task Force on Street Children. They said it is an important platform that has presence of all relevant stakeholders, the nonprofit organisations, international organisations and government line departments.—APP

Rafiq appointed acting ED STEDA STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Sindh Teachers Education Development Authority (STEDA) Board of Governors gave assent to appoint Rafiq Ahmed Buriro, the Chairman Sindh Text Book Board as acting executive director of (STEDA) till the permanent appointment of executive director and constituted finance and budget and human resource committees for the Board. According to hand out issued here on Wednesday the Sindh Teachers Education Development Authority (STEDA) Board of Governors meeting was held here on Wednesday and was presided by Sindh senior Minister for education and literacy Nisar Ahmed Khuhro. STEDA Board of Governors after long discussion agreed that there was need to revisit the rules of STEDA. The Board also decided that permanent executive director of the STEDA board would be appointed through advertisement.

Young men may have unrecognised eating disorders


ATING disorders are most often associ ated with young women, but a new study suggests young men can also become obsessed with their appearance and go to extremes to enhance their bodies. The problem can resemble a traditional eating disorder or involve use of drugs and supplements, according to U.S. researchers, and it tends to go along with depression, binge drinking and recreational drugs. “The results of our studies would suggest we need to be thinking more broadly about eating disorders and consider males as well,” Alison Field, the study’s lead author, said. She is an associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital. Classical eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, in which a person refuses to eat, and bulimia nervosa, in which someone binge-eats then purges through vomiting or laxative use. “For a lot of males, what they’re striving for is different than females,” Field said. “They’re probably engaged in something different than purging.” It has been estimated that one in every 10 cases of an eating disorder occurs in men. For the new study, Field and her colleagues used survey responses collected between 1999 and 2011 to see what concerns teenage boys had about their bodies. Field’s team also wanted to know if eating disorders were tied to later unhealthy behaviors, such as drug and alcohol use. The surveys were answered every one to three years by 5,527 boys who were between ages 12 and 18 at the start of the study in 1999.

The researchers found that 31 percent of the teens had - at some point - binged on food or purged. About 9 percent reported a high level of concern with their body’s muscularity and about 2 percent were both concerned about muscularity and had used some type of supplement, growth hormone derivative or anabolic steroid to enhance it. Use of those products rose to about 8 percent when the researchers looked just at 16 to 22 year olds. “The results from this study would suggest that males who are extremely concerned about their physiques are doing or using things that may or may not be healthy,” Field said. “There are a whole range of products available online that we don’t know if they’re healthy or not,” she said. “We know when a lot of them are tested, they’re not what they’re marketed to be.” Those young men who used enhancement products were also more likely than their peers to binge drink and use drugs, the researchers found. In her mind, Field said the behavior of those young men could be the male equivalent of binge-and-purge disorders, because they’re using the products to alter their bodies. About 6 percent of the young men surveyed said that in addition to muscularity, they were also concerned about their thinness. Overall, though, young men were more likely to be focused on muscularity and that concern increased with age. Between 2 percent and 3 percent were concerned only about their thinness.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presiding over a meeting of clean water project for supply of drinking water.

Members Assembly call on Shahbaz OBSERVER REPORT L AHORE —Members of National and Provincial Assembly hailing from various districts called on Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here Wednesday and apprised him of the development projects and problems of their respective areas. Talking to Assembly members, Shahbaz Sharif said that they should keep a close liaison with the masses besides paying special attention to resolution of their problems. The assembly members included, Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, Sardar Muhammad Jamal Khan Leghari, Sh Aftab Ahmad, Muhammad Akbar Hayat Hiraj, Ch Mohsin Ashraf, Qaiser Abbas Magsi & Muhammad Afzal Gul.

All efforts to save dengue patients’ lives OBSERVER REPORT A security personnel standing alert outside Imambargah Karbala Gamay Shah to avoid any LAHORE—Provincial Minister for Health, Khalil Tahir Sindhu untoward incident. has directed administrations of all the government hospitals to strictly implement the prescribed protocol regarding treatment of dengue patients. He said that no leniency will be tolerated in the treatment of dengue paLAHORE—The police arrested tients. three members of a kidnapper’s 14 presided over by the Punjab SALIM AHMED He expressed these views gang during a raid here on Planning and Development Wednesday and rescued an ab- LAHORE—The Punjab Gov- Board Chairman, Muhammad while talking to media-men after inquiring about the health of ducted child. Irfan Elahi. dengue patients in Jinnah HospiAccording to police, three ernment on Wednesday has apProvincial Secretary P&D accused abducted five-year-old proved six development Arif Anwar Baloch, all members tal and Sheikh Zayed Hospital Ibad s/o Naeem who had recently schemes of various Sectors with of the Planning & Development today. Khalil Tahir Sindhu said returned from Saudi Arabia from an estimated cost of Rs Board, Provincial Secretaries that Punjab Chief Minister 5800.126 million. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif is Lower Mall of Lahore. These schemes were ap- concerned and other senior rep- worried about the dengue paThe kidnappers through resentatives of the relevant Protelephone call demanded Rs 1.5 proved in the 16th meeting of vincial Departments also at- tients and directed that every posProvincial Development working sible effort should be made to million for release of the child. Party of current fiscal year 2013- tended the meeting. save the precious life of patients. —INP

Kidnappers, gang busted

Rs 5800.126m uplift schemes approved

LITE Production House launched OBSERVER REPORT

Arshad (Punjab University), province of the Punjab. mission of the GOHAR-LITE. Osam Ahmed (Addiction TheraFilm industry legend Syed This production house will ultiLAHORE—Gohar Publishers, pist) and so many others promi- Noor, in his exciting address, said mately fill the gap being faced in collaboration with the LITE nent educationists and trainers that he is fully committed and car- currently by the educational de(Learning Institute of Training from various cities across the ing to patronize the educational velopment in Pakistan at present. & Enlightenment), formally inaugurated the LITE Production House at the COTHM (College of Tourism & Hotel Management), Lahore. The hilarious ceremony was presided by film industry legend Syed Noor. LITE Production House is the dream of renowned professor-cum-trainer, Dr Saghir Ahmed, and the inspiring ceremony was attended by different dignitaries including Abuzar Ghaffari (Gohar Publishers), Malik Khalid Yaqoob (Punjab Ghee), Ahmed Shafiq (COTHM), Mian Khalid Saeed (Philanthropist businessman), Hafiz Muhammad Rafiq (Punjab College), Prof. Sajjad Haider (Principal Quaid College), Dr. Javed Saem (Institute of NLP), Waqar Ahmed (Hos- Syed Noor, Dr Saghir Ahmed, Abuzar Ghaffari, Ahmad Shafiq, Malik Khalid Yaqoob, Hafiz pitality Manager), Dr. Nauman Muhammad Rafiq, Prof Sajjad Haider and other dignitaries on the occasion of ceremony Gill (Plastic Surgeon), Prof. Ejaz to start educational programme by Gohar Publishers, COTHM and Light Institute.

CM approves launching of clean water project STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Punjab Government has decided to launch the “clean water project” for providing potable water to the people of the province under which clean drinking water would be provided to every home during next five years. An amount of Rs.10 billion will be spent on the provision of clean drinking water during current financial year. This was decided at a high level meeting presided over by Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here Wednesday. Provincial Health Minister Khalil Tahir Sindhu, MNA Maj. Retd. Tahir Iqbal, MPA Waheed Gull, Secretary Health, Secretary Finance, Secretary Information, MD WASA and concerned officials attended the meeting. Secretary Public Health & Engineering gave a detailed briefing regarding “clean water project”. Addressing the meeting, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that provision of potable

water to the people is one of the priorities of the government and a comprehensive strategy has been evolved for this purpose. The Chief Minister said that it is unfortunate that people are still deprived of clean drinking water at various places in the province and are suffering from various diseases due to polluted water. He said that resources are trust of the people and clean drinking water is their basic need. Therefore, the clean drinking water project is being launched and it would be completed in a transparent manner in stipulated time, he added. Shahbaz Sharif while directing to increase the amount of Rs 5 billion allocated for clean drinking water project during the current year to Rs10 billion said that provision of potable water to the people is of great importance and this facility should be provided to the maximum areas during current financial year under this project. He said that special attention

should be paid to those rural and urban areas where this problem is serious. While directing to double the funds for clean drinking water, he said that like other projects, this is also an important project and funds should be allocated generously for this purpose. The Chief Minister said that the manpower and technical expertise with Public Health & Engineering Department for launching this project is insufficient, therefore, services of best consultants should be acquired for this project and water filtration plants should be purchased from those companies which should also be responsible of after sale service. He directed that the project should be completed expeditiously and warned that no negligence would be tolerated in this public welfare project. Shahbaz Sharif said that provision of clean drinking water to a large number of people is a big challenge which will be met at every cost.

Violation of anti-dengue regulations

Shahbaz calls for strict action OBSERVER REPORT LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that a vigorous campaign against dengue should be continued throughout the province. He said that besides government hospitals, complete data of dengue patients under treatment in private hospitals should also be compiled. He said that Punjab government will bear treatment expenses of dengue patients under treatment in private hospitals. He expressed these views while

talking to elected representatives who visited Lahore, Rawalpindi and Sheikhupura for reviewing anti-dengue steps. They also presented their reports about the visits of their respective districts and antidengue arrangements. Speaking on the occasion, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that the campaign is continuing under a coordinated strategy throughout the province for coping with the fatal virus of dengue in which, besides government departments, male and female students, civil

society and other segments of the society are taking part actively. He said that people have learnt fighting against dengue instead of fearing of it and expressed the hope that once again dengue will be defeated. The Chief Minister said that government will provide all out resources for the protection of human lives. He said that government has assigned responsibilities to elected representatives and concerned officials to visit affected districts and personally monitor the anti-dengue steps.

Validation of easy pay cards OBSERVER REPORT LAHORE—The Youth Affairs, Sports, Archaeology & Tourism Department, Government of the Punjab has extended validation period of easy pay cards up to November 15, 2013 under the Punjab Youth Internship Program-2012. All those internees whose complete or partial stipend amount is lying unpaid in their accounts with the Bank of Punjab and same could not be drawn by June 30, 2013, have been directed to draw their amounts by showing their previous easy pay cards to respective bank authorities up to November 15, 2013. No further extension in this regard would be granted in future.

Court Reader injured by lawyer L AHORE—A reader of civil judge Lahore was brutally tortured and critically injured by lawyer for not showing file of some cases here on Wednesday. According to initial information, lawyer Mian Habibur Rahman brutally subject reader Muhammad Idress to torture, and inflicted critical wound on his head.—Online

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